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Foreign: Counter-coup ousts military junta in Burkina Faso

A coup has been announced in the West African country of Burkina Faso.

An army captain has appeared on national television and announced that he has ousted the military leader, Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Damiba.

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Captain Ibrahim Traore cited Damiba’s inability to tackcle the jihadist attacks as reason for his removal.


Damiba had himself overthrown the democratically-elected president, Roch Kabore in January.

The new junta leader has announced the indefinite closure of the country’s borders as well as suspension of all political activities.

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