Fears Of Coup Heightens In Burkina Faso After Gunshots Fired Near Presidential Palace
The sounds of gunfire were heard in the early hours of Friday in the main military base and some residential areas in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso’s capital.
The gunshots heard have raised fears of yet another coup in Burkina Faso
It was gathered that residents were woken in the early hours of Friday morning by weapons being fired in various camps in the capital. Soldiers reportedly fired heavy weapons at the Baba Sy Ouaga 2000 camp, witnesses said.
A number of armed soldiers have been positioned along the road leading to the presidential palace.
Military personnel are said to be restricting entry into administrative buildings and the national television station, which has now halted broadcasting.
This comes on the eve of a demonstration in Bobo-Dioulasso – the country’s second-largest city – calling for the departure of junta leader Paul Henri Damiba.
On January 24, Burkina Faso’s army ousted President Roch Kabore, suspended the constitution, dissolved the government and closed the country’s borders.
The coup leaders cited the worsening security situation and what they described as Kabore’s failure to bring the nation together and successfully address challenges, including an Islamist insurgency.
Paul-Henri Damiba, the coup leader, said he would restore security after years of violence.
Many in Burkina Faso initially supported the military takeover, but the violence has failed to wane in the months since Damiba took over power.
On Tuesday, 11 soldiers were found dead and about 50 civilians were declared missing after Islamist militants attacked a 150-vehicle convoy taking supplies to a town in the northern part of the country.
The attack left 28 persons injured, including 20 soldiers, while dozens of trucks were destroyed.
The development happened weeks after at least 35 civilians were killed and 37 injured in northern Burkina Faso when a vehicle in a convoy hit an improvised explosive device (IED).