Failed coup soldiers raid Burkina Faso arms depot

By: | Published: January 23, 2016 6:00 AM

Former members of an elite presidential security unit which staged a short-lived coup in Burkina Faso last year raided an arms depot today near the capital, the army said.

Former members of an elite presidential security unit which staged a short-lived coup in Burkina Faso last year raided an arms depot today near the capital, the army said.

The attack did not claim any victims and the depot at Yimdi, 20 kilometres west of Ouagadougou, is now under the control of the army, a statement said.

“Security has been tightened,” it said, adding: “The perpetrators of this attempt have been identified as elements from the RSP” unit, which in September seized power and briefly took Burkina Faso’s interim president hostage.

The crack troops were loyal to Blaise Compaore, the west African country’s long-serving leader who was ousted in a popular uprising 2014 after 27 years of iron-fisted rule.

September’s coup was thwarted by street protesters and support from the army, which attacked the plotters’ barracks. At least 11 people were killed and 271 were injured in the demonstrations.

An army source said Friday’s 3:00 am attack on the weapons depot was staged by about 20 men.

“They made off with some weapons after tying up some of the men who were manning the depot. One soldier has been injured,” the source added.

The raid follows a brazen jihadist attack on Friday in Ouagadougou where 30 people were killed after gunmen stormed a leading hotel and cafe in the city.

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