7 dead in Burkina Faso unrest

2011-06-04 17:25
Ouagadougou - A military official says at least seven people, including a 14-year-old girl, have been killed during a mutiny by soldiers in Burkina Faso's second-largest city.

General Honore Nabere Traore said on Saturday that six soldiers died in an exchange of gunfire on Friday with troops sent to quell four days of shooting and looting by soldiers in Bobo-Dioulasso.

Traore said the girl was accidentally hit by a bullet during the exchange of fire on Friday.

Justice Minister Jerome Traore says 25 civilians and eight soldiers were wounded during the mutiny. He said 57 soldiers have been arrested and will go to court for "rebellion and stealing goods".

Residents say the chaos has stopped and calm has returned to Bobo-Dioulasso.

Burkina Faso has seen unrest by soldiers, teachers and students since February.
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