Burkina Faso junta says it foiled coup attempt
On Tuesday, Burkina Faso’s military government says its security and intelligence services foiled a coup attempt.
A year has passed since the military leader and interim president, Captain Ibrahim Traoré, took power.
According to the junta, unnamed military officers and others had planned to destabilize Burkina Faso. Reuters reports that they had “the dark intention of attacking the institutions of the republic and plunging our country into chaos”.
There had been some arrests, but no specifics were given.
Military discontent has been reported recently.
A rumor of a mutiny led hundreds of Ouagadougou residents to take to the streets on Tuesday in support of the junta.
In the same week, the authorities suspended the French language news magazine Jeune Afrique for publishing articles discrediting the military.
It was the second coup in eight months that brought the current government to power last September.