Burkina Faso Coup: President Kabore Arrested by Soldiers - Newslibre

Burkina Faso Coup: President Kabore Arrested by Soldiers

The President of Burkina Faso Roch Marc Christian Kaboré was arrested on Monday and was detained in a barracks in Ouagadougou, a day after mutinies in military camps in this country plagued by jihadist violence.

This came not more than 24 hours after the National football team qualified for the quarter finals of the African Cup of Nations that is happening in neighboring Cameroon.

“President Kaboré, the head of parliament (Alassane Bala Sakandé) and ministers are effectively in the hands of soldiers” at the Sangoulé Lamizana barracks in Ouagadougou, a security source told AFP, information confirmed by another security source.

A dozen hooded and armed soldiers were stationed in front of the headquarters of Radio Television of Burkina Faso (RTB), which was transmitting entertainment programs, according to an AFP journalist.

Soldiers in Burkina Faso mutinied on Sunday, demanding the resignation of army chiefs and “necessary methods” to combat jihadists who have terrorized the country since 2015.

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The Burkina Faso army detained President Karobe after a few days of gunfire. (Image Credit: TRT World)

How was Burkina Faso President Ousted?

According to residents, shots were fired near the president’s mansion late in the day, and a helicopter flew over the area with all lights turned off.

The uprisings took place in a West Africa more destabilized by jihadists who are also attacking neighboring Mali and Niger, as well as in Guinea, where recent coups have taken place.

Several angry demonstrations have taken place over the past several months in several cities in Burkina Faso to denounce the inability of the authorities to counter the increasing number of jihadist attacks, which are often banned and dispersed by riot police.

Demonstrators supported the mutineers throughout the day on Sunday, setting up temporary blockages in numerous arteries of the city until being dislodged by police, according to AFP journalists.

Gunfire may be heard for several hours Sunday in various Burkina Faso barracks, including those in Sangoulé Lamizana, Baba Sy, and the Ouagadougou air base.

According to citizens and military sources, mutinies also occurred in Kaya and Ouahigouya, in the north of Burkina Faso, where the majority of the jihadist attacks are focused.

Although gunshots was heard in numerous barracks, the government denied that “the army had taken possession.”

Matters were worsened On Sunday evening when President Kaboré decreed a curfew “until further notice” from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. (local and GMT) and the government announced the closure of schools on Monday and Tuesday.

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Author: Moses Echodu

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