Troops loot Burkina Faso for 2nd night

2011-04-16 17:30
Ouagadougou - Merchants in Burkina Faso's capital say soldiers looted for a second night after sparking unrest over their unpaid housing allowances.

Witnesses also said some soldiers robbed hotels early Saturday and continued looting shops and stealing cars. The latest episode of unrest started late on Thursday with shooting at the presidential compound.

Late on Friday, President Blaise Compaore announced he was dissolving his government and naming new security chiefs.

Compaore, who seized power in a bloody coup 23 years ago, was re-elected by a landslide in a November vote rejected by the opposition as being rigged.

The former army captain took power in 1987 in the small West African nation after the former leader was gunned down in his office.

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