Information reaching indicates that there is an ongoing coup in Burkina Faso.

Heavy gunfire has been reported around the presidential palace and a helicopter is said to have been hovering overhead.

Several presidential fleet armoured vehicles, damaged with bullets, were seen near the president’s mansion.

Authorities initially denied that President Roch Marc Kaboré was taken into military custody, asserting that the situation was calm even as soldiers battled for control of several barracks.

President Kaboré’s detention by mutinous soldiers was confirmed on Monday, January 24, by a Burkinabe counterterrorism officer, who said the president was “in excellent hands.”

Soldiers were fired up with what they regarded as a lack of support from the top, according to the officer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media.

The coup makes Mr. Kaboré the third head of state to be overthrown in the West African region in the past eight months



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