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Burkina Faso slips into Military coup

  • In a major development Burkina Faso, a western-African nation has slipped into a military coup

  • What began as an armed rebellion by some disenchanted army men, developed into a takeover by the military junta

  • Burkina Faso is surrounded by Ghana, Mali, Niger etc and is prone to terrorist attacks by Al-Qaeda and Islamic State militants

  • The declaration of a coup was signed by Lieutenant Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba and read by another officer on state television, the announcement said the takeover had been carried out without violence and that those detained were at a secure location.

  • President Kabore was arrested amid intense gunfire outside his residence

  • UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres “strongly condemns any attempted takeover of government by the force of arms” in Burkina Faso and calls on the coup leaders to lay down their weapons, a UN official said