• Burkina army enters capital as coup leaders free president

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    OUAGADOUGOU: Burkina Faso army troops have entered the capital Ouagadougou without resistance and begun negotiating the surrender of coup leaders, police said early Tuesday as France’s ambassador tweeted that the interim president had been released. Kafando had been arrested last Wednesday as Burkina was plunged into turmoil when soldiers from the powerful presidential guard regiment loyal to ex-leader Blaise Compaore detained him and Prime Minister Isaac Zida, himself a former deputy commander of the unit. At least 10 people were killed and more than 100 injured in protests sparked by the coup, which came just weeks before what would have been the first elections since Compaore was ousted in a popular revolt last October after trying to extend his 27-year grip on power.

    AFP

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