Burkina Faso Army Announces Overthrow of Military Government

Burkina Faso’s army captain, Ibrahim Traore, said Friday night that the army had taken over and removed military leader Paul Henri Damiba, who had taken power in a coup just eight months ago.

Traore said in a statement that a group of officers who helped Damiba take power in January had decided that the leader was no longer able to keep the country safe because of the growing Islamic insurgency.

On Friday night, another military officer went on state TV and read the statement that Traore had signed. “As the situation got worse, we tried more than once to get Damiba to put the transition back on the security question,” Traore said in his statement.

When President Roch Kabore was forced out of office in January and Damiba took over, he promised to make the country safer. But violence hasn’t stopped in the country, and political tensions have grown in the last few months.

Namibia had just come back from New York, where he spoke to the U.N. General Assembly. At around 4:30 a.m. on Friday, there were reports of gunfire and a loud explosion in Ouagadougou, near where Damiba is based at Camp Baba Sy. Gunfire was also heard coming from Kosyam, where the presidential palace is located, according to witnesses.

When a VOA reporter went to the city center of the capital on Friday, Boulevard Charles de Gaulle was blocked by the military. Many military people were wearing face masks and didn’t want to talk. Local police said they didn’t know what was going on.

Just after 12 p.m. local time, the president’s office posted a statement on Facebook. Part of it said, “In light of the confusion caused by some members of the national armed forces changing their minds on Friday, negotiations are underway to bring back calm and peace.”

The U.S. Embassy told Americans to stay in one place and pay attention to what the local media is saying. The events of Friday happened because people were getting angrier and angrier that the government couldn’t do anything about the insecurity caused by militant groups with ties to al-Qaida and the Islamic State.

On Monday, militants attacked a group of trucks carrying food and other supplies to the northern town of Djibo, which has been under siege for years. Eleven soldiers died, and it was said that more than 50 civilians were missing.

Many people expressed their fears and doubts about the government on social media after the incident happened. Burkina Faso is concerned about the spread of jihadist violence. “

This story was written by Henry Wilkins in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. It also has information from The Associated Press and Reuters.

The new military leaders of the country said they were getting rid of the national assembly. They also said that the borders of Burkina Faso had been shut down and that there would be a curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Burkina Faso troops had blocked the streets of the capital, Ouagadougou, and state TV had stopped broadcasting before the announcement on Friday evening.

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