(TT) – It has been reported that Burkina Faso President Kabore has be detained following a fierce shooting around the president’ residence and army barracks.
Burkina Faso’s President Roch Marc Christian Kabore has been detained by mutinying soldiers, according to news reports citing security officials. Aljazeera has reported.
“The reports on Monday came a day after soldiers staged mutinies at several army barracks, prompting fears of a coup in the conflict-hit country. Later on Sunday, heavy gunfire was also heard near Kabore’s residence in the capital, Ouagadougou.
Several armoured vehicles of the presidential fleet, riddled with bullets, could be seen near the residence on Monday morning. One was spattered with blood.
Two security sources and a West African diplomat told Reuters news agency that Kabore was detained at a military camp. There was no immediate comment by the government, which on Sunday had denied that a coup was under way.
“We just passed the military base where Kabore is alleged to be confined at the moment,” journalist Henry Wilkins reported from Ouagadougou on Monday.
“Traffic is circulating as normal but there is an usually high number of military personnel out on the streets around the presidential palace.”
AFP news agency also reported the president had been arrested along with other government officials.
“President Kabore, the head of parliament, and the ministers are effectively in the hands of the soldiers” at the Sangoule Lamizana barracks in the capital, two security officials said.
Al Jazeera’s Nicolas Haque, who has reported extensively on Burkina Faso, said the mutinous soldiers had yet to release a statement.
“What we know is that overnight there was a helicopter hovering above the palace and just above the personal house of President Kabore,” he said from Senegal’s capital, Dakar.
“There were negotiations throughout the day between the mutineers and the government. What the mutineers told an Al Jazeera journalist on Sunday is that they had six demands.
“They said that if their demands were not met then they would take charge and arrest the president and that seems to be what is happening right now.”
More to follow …”