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Reports: Burkina Faso’s President Detained by Soldiers Amid Growing Unrest

HeadlineJan 24, 2022

In Burkina Faso, President Roch Kaboré has reportedly been detained by mutinous soldiers in an apparent coup. Several reports say he’s being held in a military camp. Gunfire erupted Sunday at military bases in the capital Ouagadougou as soldiers revolted, angered by Kaboré’s government’s failure to stop a years-long wave of attacks by Islamist extremists. More than 2,000 Burkinabes have died in the violence. Hundreds of protesters also took to the streets of the capital Sunday, demanding Kaboré’s resignation.

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