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  • Updated: October 01, 2022

Gunfire, Confusion Grip Burkina Faso After Coup

Gunfire was heard in Burkina Faso's capital on Saturday, a day after President Paul-Henri Damiba was declared ousted. This is as self-declared leader Captain Ibrahim Traore, on Friday seized power in a military coup.

This becomes the second coup the West African country has seen this year.

The Daily Sabah reports that in Ouagadougou, the capital, gunfire was heard in several parts of the city as a result of forces loyal to Damiba clashing with those supporting new leader Traore.

Traore appeared on television on Friday. Flanked by soldiers, he declared the government dissolved and borders closed.

He also cites Damiba's failure to deal with Islamists insurgents as the reason for his ouster.

Damiba also got into power in a coup, toppling former President Roch Kabore over the same issue.

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Quadri Adejumo
Quadri Adejumo

Quadri Adejumo is a reporter and a column writer. He covers news on World, Diaspora and Health.

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