Heavy gunfire heard near Burkina Faso’s presidential palace

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Heavy gunfire was heard coming from the main military camp and some residential areas of Burkina Faso’s capital early on Friday morning,

Several armed soldiers were seen taking positions along the main avenue leading to the presidency.

According to reports, Soldiers were also seen blocking access to administrative buildings and the national television, which has stopped broadcasting,

The military junta took power in a coup on Jan. 24, ousting President Roch Kabore and dissolving the government.

The coup leaders cited the worsening security situation and what they described as Kabore’s failure to bring the nation together and successfully address challenges, including an Islamist insurgency.

Paul-Henri Damiba, the coup leader, said he would restore security after years of violence.

Many in Burkina Faso initially supported the military takeover, but the violence has failed to wane in the months since Damiba took over power.

On Tuesday, 11 soldiers were found dead and about 50 civilians were declared missing after Islamist militants attacked a 150-vehicle convoy taking supplies to a town in the northern part of the country.

The attack left 28 persons injured, including 20 soldiers, while dozens of trucks were destroyed.

The development happened weeks after at least 35 civilians were killed and 37 injured in northern Burkina Faso when a vehicle in a convoy hit an improvised explosive device (IED).

 

 




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