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Soldiers revolt in Burkina Faso

Gunfire near President Kabore’s residence. Mutinying soldiers demanding more support.

Where: Burkina Faso

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On Sunday, gunfire rang out from military camps in Burkina Faso as mutinying soldiers demanded more support in their fight against Islamist militants.

Protesters ransacked the headquarters of President Roch Kabore’s political party.

Government officials reassured people that the situation was under control even as shots rang out for hours at the army base, denying speculation that the army had seized power or detained Kabore.

Islamic militants have seized control of territory across Burkina Faso and neighboring Mali and Niger.

Defence Minister General Bathelemy Simpore stated, “The head of state has not been detained; no institution of the country has been threatened.”

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