Four Officers Detained After Thwarted Burkina Coup


Four officers have been detained for questioning in Burkina Faso, a day after the military government announced it had thwarted a coup attempt.

The officers are suspected of involvement in a “conspiracy against state security”, while two others are “on the run”.

On Wednesday, the junta said the intelligence and security services had foiled a coup attempt the previous day.

This development comes nearly a year to the day since junta leader Captain Ibrahim Traore seized power in the West African country on September 30, 2022.

His takeover was the country’s second coup in eight months — both triggered in part by discontent at failures to stem a raging jihadist insurgency which swept in from neighbouring Mali in 2015.

Thousands of people have taken to the streets of the capital Ouagadougou following a call from Traore supporters to “defend” him amid rumours of a coup on social media.

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