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Heavy gunfire reported at Burkina Faso military base

OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO (AP) – Heavy gunfire rang out at a military base in Burkina Faso’s capital early yesterday, prompting fears that a coup attempt was underway after weeks of growing frustration with the government’s handling of the extremists insurgency wracking the country.

The government put out a statement acknowledging gunfire in army barracks but denying an army takeover of the country. President Roch Marc Christian Kabore has not been detained, according to Defence Minister Aime Barthelemy Simpore. State broadcaster RTB carried a news headline describing the gunfire as “acts of discontent by soldiers”.

“The military hierarchy is working to restore calm and serenity in the barracks,” it read.

“Contrary to some information, no institution of the republic has been targetted.”

The gunfire comes a day after protesters demanded his resignation at a demonstration in Ouagadougou. Kabore has faced growing opposition since his re-election in November 2020. He fired his prime minister and replaced most of the Cabinet last month.

Soldiers stand outside a military base in Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou. PHOTO: AP
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