Four Officers Detained After Thwarted Burkina Coup

Four officers were held for questioning in Burkina Faso on Thursday, a prosecutor said, a day after the military administration said it had foiled a coup attempt.

Military prosecutor Ahmed Ferdinand Sountoura said in a statement seen by AFP on Thursday that the four are suspected of being involved in a “conspiracy against state security.”

Two others are “on the run”, the statement said.

The junta announced late Wednesday that the intelligence and security agencies had stopped a coup attempt the day before.

On September 30, 2022, junta commander Captain Ibrahim Traore seized power in the West African country, and it was nearly a year to the day since.

His takeover was the country’s second in eight months, both sparked in part by dissatisfaction with the country’s failure to quell a rampaging jihadist insurgency that rushed in from neighboring Mali in 2015.

Thousands of people took to the streets of Ouagadougou late Tuesday in response to Traore supporters’ appeal to “defend” him amid social media rumors of a coup.

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