Monday, January 24, 2022

Military claims power in Burkina Faso coup — RT World News

Members of Burkina Faso’s military appeared on state television channel, RTB, on Monday, claiming to have seized control of the West African nation. The soldiers said that they had suspended the constitution due to the failure of Kaboré to unite the country and stop a wave of nationwide jihadist attacks.

Kaboré’s whereabouts are currently unknown, but he was reportedly detained by the soldiers on Sunday night, the AFP news agency reported. Although heavy gunfire was reported throughout the capital, Ouagadougou, on Sunday night, the government denied a coup attempt was underway or that Kaboré had been detained. A news headline on RTB on Sunday described the gunfire as isolated “acts of discontent by soldiers,” and insisted that “the military hierarchy is working to restore calm and serenity in the barracks,” according to the AP news agency.

Some of the soldiers told AP they had planned the mutiny since August, and were angered by the apparent failure of Kaboré to commit more manpower and resources to the fight against jihadism. As gunfire rang out in Ouagadougou, civilians reportedly protested in solidarity with the soldiers.


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