Gunfire heard in Burkina Faso capital day after coup

OUAGADOUGOU: Shots rang in Burkina FasoSaturday in the capital and heavily armed security forces drove through the center in a convoy, a day after President Paul-Henri Damiba was ousted in the West African country’s second coup this year.
It was not immediately clear what was happening and there was no update from the new leader Captain Ibrahim Traorewhich was installed by the same group of army officers who helped Damiba seize power in a January 24 coup.
On Friday, Traore appeared on state television after a day marked by gunfire at a military camp, an explosion at the presidential palace and state television that went off the air. Flanked by soldiers, he declared the government dissolved and the borders closed.
Damiba’s whereabouts remain unknown.
The apparent calm returned to Ouagadougou early Saturday, but the sound of gunfire around noon and the appearance of the special forces convoy forced shops to close and some people to take cover.
“The situation remains tense in Ouagadougou. It is recommended to limit your movements,” the French embassy said in a statement.

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