Heavy gunfire heard amid Burkina Faso mutiny

Burkina Faso round-up

We’re taking a break from Burkina Faso news to concentrate on reports from other regions of the continent.

Heavy gunfire heard amid Burkina Faso mutinyHeavy gunfire heard amid Burkina Faso mutiny

 

But first, let’s review some of the major developments:

In response to concerns of a potential coup attempt, gunfire broke out early on Friday in the nation’s capital, Ouagadougou.
State TV in Burkina Faso was shut off.
Heavy military presence was reportedly seen by witnesses surrounding the capital.
According to a government source, soldiers were engaged in a mutiny.
The leader of Burkina Faso advised people to be calm and stated that negotiations to address the situation were ongoing.

We’ll keep you updated on any significant developments.

Report on protests in Ouagadougou’s streets

 

Following reports of shooting in the early hours of Friday, numerous young people took to the streets of Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, according to the privately owned Wakat Sera website.

“Youths, claiming to be members of several civil society movements, invaded parts of the streets of Burkina Faso’s capital on Friday, September 30,” the report stated. They demanded a “major mobilisation for the whole liberation of the national land.”

They also requested the release of Lt. Col. Emmanuel Zoungrana, who has been held captive since the time of deposed President Roch Kabore’s administration, claiming that a “full-blown coup d’etat” had occurred.

The BBC has not been able to independently establish that a coup attempt occurred, but an anonymous government official told us that there had been a mutiny.

According to the allegation, young people riding motorcycles were spotted carrying Russian and Burkina Faso flags.

Hundreds of protesters called for the resignation of interim President Lt. Col. Paul-Henri Damiba on Thursday in the western city of Bobo Dioulasso.

He was being blamed by the demonstrators for the poorly managed security situation in the nation, which is dealing with a terrorist insurgency.

The detention of Lt. Col. Zoungrana was connected to a mutiny that happened on January 23.

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