Ex-Presidential Guards Raid Burkina Faso Armoury

Burkina Faso’s army says that suspected members of the former presidential guard broke into an armoury west of the country’s capital.

Army spokesman Guy Herve Ye said Friday that armed men attacked the warehouse of weapons outside of Ouagadougou around 3 a.m. He said they’re believed to be elements of the presidential guard, which staged a short-lived coup in September.

The army has said no one was hurt. The area is now heavily guarded by soldiers.

Authorities arrested some 20 soldiers in December, saying they planned to break the coup leader from prison.

After the week-long coup, the transitional government disbanded the presidential guard and arrested its leaders. It was loyal to the former president who was ousted in a popular uprising after 27 years in power.


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