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4 killed in Burkina Faso protests

2011-02-25 11:19

Ouagadougou - Burkina Faso's government and a witness say four people have been killed in clashes between police and demonstrators in the center of the landlocked west African nation.

A government statement issued on Thursday said demonstrations started on Tuesday in the city of Koudougou over the death of a jailed student.

The government said he died of meningitis while in police custody. Fellow students say he died because he received bad treatment.

 A local journalist says he saw bodies of a demonstrator and a policeman. The government says two were killed and two policemen were wounded.

Demonstrators also looted and torched government buildings and vehicles.

Students in the capital briefly marched on Thursday in solidarity with Koudougou but calm returned to Ouagadougou.