Coup Attempt May Be Under Way In Burkina Faso

by Oluwamuyiwa Oyedele
Coup Attempt May Be Under Way In Burkina Faso

A coup attempt appears to be underway in Burkina Faso as gunshots recently have been heard near the presidential palace and access to major buildings, including the national assembly, the national broadcaster, and the residence of the prime minister has been blocked by military vehicles, reports the BBC.

It was only in January that the current head of state, Lt Col Paul-Henri Damiba, ousted President Roch Kaboré through a coup.

The democratically elected president was deposed for failing to contain violence by Islamist militants. Now Lt Col Damiba seems to be suffering a similar fate.

On Thursday hundreds of protesters took to the streets of the western city of Bobo Dioulasso to demand his resignation, blaming him for the ongoing insecurity in the country.

Eyewitnesses are reporting a heavy military presence around the city.

Schools are closed and residents are staying indoors, waiting for updates on the latest news.

Since 2015, authorities in Burkina Faso have been struggling to contain attacks by insurgent groups.

On Monday, 11 soldiers were killed in a militant attack in the northern Soum province, 50 civilians were reported missing.

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