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Burkina Faso: ′Internal crisis′ in army, gunfire heard near presidency | News | DW


Heavy gunfire was heard around Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou, early on Friday morning, sparking fears of a mutiny nine months after a coup d’etat overthrew the country’s president.

Shots and a large blast were also heard around the presidential palace and the headquarters of its military junta. 

Troops were stationed on the main crossroads of the city, especially in the Ouaga 2000 neighborhood, which is home to the presidential and junta offices.

The West African nation’s military leader Paul-Henri Damiba accused certain army units of creating a “confused situation.”

He added that discussions were ongoing to restore calm, a statement on the presidency’s Facebook said.

Agence France-Presse cited government spokesman Lionel Bilgo as saying that the presence of soldiers on…



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