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Beware of Coup: Heavy gunfire scenes in Burkina Faso as military men take control of the nation.

A coup d'état was launched in Burkina Faso on 23 January 2022. Gunfire erupted in front of the presidential residence in the Burkinabé capital Ouagadougou and several military barracks around the city. Soldiers were reported to have seized control of the military base in the capital.

Update: 30th September, 2003.

• Shots of still unknown origin were heard in the district of the presidency, in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso.

• The city was blocked by the military, and the national television signal was interrupted for several hours.

• Since the January military coup, violence and deadly jihadist attacks have not diminished in this Sahel country.

The military junta, in power since its coup last January, is under tension. Shots of still unknown origin were heard this Friday, September 30, before dawn, then in the morning, in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. These shootings took place in the district of Ouaga sheltering the presidency and the HQ of the military junta, according to testimonies reported to AFP.

Several axes of the city were blocked by soldiers, posted at the main intersections of the city, in particular in front of the headquarters of the national television, whose signal was interrupted for several hours, before returning to normal without the situation being mentioned. The large Ouagadougou market remained open, even if a few traders were missing.

Jihadist attacks

The January military coup was led by Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, who promised when he took power to make security his priority, in this country undermined for years by jihadist attacks. But the situation did not improve and the deadly attacks, affecting dozens of civilians and soldiers, continued.

In early September, President Damiba hailed a "relative calm" in several localities. But the deadly attacks continued in the north, where cities are now subject to a blockade by jihadists, who blow up bridges with dynamite and attack supply convoys circulating in the area.

Since 2015, recurrent attacks by armed movements affiliated with Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group, mainly in the north and east of the country, have claimed thousands of lives and caused the displacement of some two million people. Since last year, Burkina has become the epicenter of violence in the Sahel, with more deadly attacks than in Mali or Niger in 2021, according to the NGO Acled. More than 40% of the territory is outside state control, according to official figures.

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