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Attempted coup foiled in Burkina Faso – Junta

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The military junta in Burkina Faso has alleged that the government has foiled an attempt by other military groups, to take over the government.

The military junta, which also toppled a military regime to gain power last year, announced the coup attempt in a statement by its spokesman, Rimtalble Jean Emanuel Ouedraogo.

In the statement, the junta explained that the attempt made by some army officers in the country, to seize power and plunge the country into chaos, was thwarted by the government.

“The dark intention of attacking the institutions of the Republic and plunging our country in chaos… investigations will help unmask the instigators of this plot.

“Officers and other alleged actors involved in this attempt at destabilisation have been arrested and others are actively sought,” Ouedraogo said.

However, the military government has vowed to shed all possible light on the plot, adding that it regretted “that officers whose oath is to defend their homeland have strayed into an undertaking of this nature.”

According to the military government, while four people in connection with the plot had been detained, the other two who participated in the act were on the run.

The statement however added that the regime launched an investigation based on “credible allegations about a plot against state security implicating officers.”

It would be recalled that the military junta came into power after two military coups last year, initiated in part, by a worsening insurgency by armed groups linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State that has destabilized Burkina Faso and its environs.

 

 

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