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Burkina Faso: Government forces foil coup plot by Compaore loyalists

Police say the latest threat to Burkina Faso's fragile security was aimed to destabilise the republic. Photograph: (AFP)

WION Ouagadougou, Centre Region, Burkina Faso Oct 21, 2016, 09.03 PM (IST)

Security forces in Burkina Faso said on Friday they had foiled a coup attempt earlier this month by forces loyal to ousted leader Blaise Compaore, which aimed to seize power in the impoverished Sahel state. 

Interior minister Simon Compaore said some 30 ex-members of the elite presidential guard, known as the RSP, had plotted the "vast conspiracy" to attack the presidential palace and detain "certain authourities". 

He added that the forces from the ex-president's security unit had also planned to free comrades who were part of a failed September 2015 coup against the transitional government that took power after his fall. 

The minister said, the investigators from the judicial probe discovered the coup was scheduled to take place at midnight on October 8, including a planned attack on the presidential residence, army barracks and a prison in the capital. 

Security forces clashed with the coup leaders resulting in the death of two former RSP members. Nineteen people have been arrested for trying to overthrow President Roch Marc Christian Kabore and his government.

In September last year, RSP soldiers loyal to a former president, Blaise Compaore, mounted a six-day putsch attempt in which members of the cabinet were taken hostage.

Blaise Compaore was chased from power in October 2014 following a popular revolt after he tried to change the constitution to extend his 27-year rule. 

(WION with inputs from agencies)
 

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