Coup in Burkina Faso as military officers overthrow Junta Leader

Written by on October 1, 2022

Military officers have seized control of Burkina Faso, claiming to be restoring peace to the jihadist-wracked country as they overthrew a junta leader who had also come to power in a coup at the start of this year.

In the capital Ouagadougou, pre-dawn gunfire around the presidential palace was heard at the start of a day that culminated in the latest ousting.

Meanwhile, just before 8 pm local time on Friday, more than a dozen fatigued looking soldiers appeared on broadcast stations to announce the removal of Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba for failing to stem a jihadist insurgency and proclaimed 34-year-old Captain Ibrahim Traore in charge.

With much of the Sahel region battling a growing insurgency, the violence has prompted a series of coups in Mali, Guinea and Chad since 2020.

Recall that in January, Damiba installed himself as leader of the country of 16 million after accusing elected president Roch Marc Christian Kabore of failing to beat back the jihadists.


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