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Reports say Burkina Faso’s President Kabore has been detained by rebel troops

Reports in the West African country of Burkina Faso say rebel troops have detained President Roach Marc Christian Cabore and members of his government.

News outlets say there are reports of heavy fighting near the presidential palace in the capital, Ouagadougou.

Burkina Faso has been embroiled in conflict with terror groups affiliated with al-Qaeda and Islamic State since 2015. Rumors of a coup have swirled for weeks after terrorists killed 49 military members at a military base in the country’s north.

President Cabore fired members of his cabinet and military leadership in December in response.

The current unrest began early on Sunday when heavy gunfire was heard inside Ouagadougou’s largest military base, Camp Sangoule Lamizana. VOA journalist Henry Wilkins was temporarily detained inside the camp and spoke to one of the uprising’s organizers, who called for the rebels’ demands, including “more money and more troops” to aid in the fight against terrorism. The list was released. Training and organization of a permanent military unit in the front line.

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The rebels also demanded the resignation of the military chief and the chief of intelligence services, and better care for the families of the wounded and those killed in the conflict.

The apparent coup in Burkina Faso is the third in West Africa in the past 18 months, after Mali and neighboring Guinea.

Some information for this report has been obtained from The Associated Press, Reuters and Agence France-Presse.

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