March 2, 2022

Gunfire heard near home of Burkina Faso’s president hours after army mutiny | CBC News

Gunfire rang out late Sunday near the home of the embattled president of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, raising the spectre that a military coup might still be underway after mutinous soldiers seized a military base earlier in the day.

Government officials had sought to reassure people that the situation was under control, even as shots rang out for hours at the army base. But by day’s end, anti-government protesters supporting the mutineers had set fire to a building belonging to Kaboré’s party.

It was not immediately known whether Kaboré was at home, but several people in the area told The Associated Press that in addition to gunfire, they could hear helicopters hovering overhead.

The only public comment from the president on Sunday was a statement in support of the country’s soccer team ahead of their match in the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

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