Military Coup Underway In Burkina Faso: President Kabore Detained By Mutineers
Burkina Faso President Roch Kabore has been detained at a military camp by mutinying soldiers, two security sources and a West African diplomat said on Monday, following heavy gunfire around his residence on Sunday night in the capital Ouagadougou.
Several armoured vehicles of the presidential fleet, riddled with bullets, could be seen near the president’s residence on Monday morning. One was spattered with blood. Residents of the president’s neighbourhood reported heavy gunfire overnight.
The Government had denied rumours on Sunday that a coup was under way as sustained gunfire rang out for hours from several military camps, with mutinying soldiers demanding more support for their fight against Islamist militants. read more
Government sources could not immediately be reached on Monday. Frustration has risen in the West African country in recent months due to the frequent killing of civilians and soldiers by the militants, some of whom have links to Islamic State and al Qaeda.
Protesters had come out to support the mutineers on Sunday and ransacked the headquarters of Kabore’s political party. The government declared a curfew from 2000 GMT to 0530 GMT until further notice and closed schools for two days.
Heavy gunfire was heard yesterday at the Military camps in Ouagadougou and Kaya with the mutineers reportedly listing a set of demands.
Despite the Government’s insistence that the mutiny was localised and under control, there seemed to be palpable tension when the internet service was suspended and little or no words were heard from President Kabore, save for his encouraging tweet to the Stallions at the AFCON in Cameroon.
Roch Marc Christian Kaboré was first elected in 2015 and won a second term last year.
Soldiers seen outside Burkina Faso state TV after mutinies
Hooded soldiers take up positions outside Burkina Faso’s state TV in the capital Ouagadougou, a day after mutinies at several barracks across the country
Not immediately clear if the troops are mutineers or sent by government
The mutineers are expected to make a public statement on television.
Cars from the President’s motorcade riddled with bullets.
Streets of Ouagadougou rn
The man adjudged to be in-charge – 1st pix: Lt. Col Paul-Henri Damiba Sandaogo (Infantry regiment commander) and a graduate of the Paris Military School.
2nd pix: President Kabore
US shuts Embassy in Ouagadougou:
Date: January 24, 2022
Event: On Monday, January 24, 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Ouagadougou is closed due to the uncertainty of ongoing security concerns throughout Ouagadougou.
American citizens in Burkina Faso are advised to monitor all methods of communication, including media reporting/sources. Contact the Embassy at (226) 25 49 53 00 if you need immediate assistance.
Actions to Take:
· Take shelter and avoid large crowds.
· Limit movement to emergencies.
· Monitor local media for updates.