Burkina Faso: 10 soldiers arrested over armoury raid

(iStock)
(iStock)

Ouagadougou— An army official says 10 soldiers have been arrested in Burkina Faso in connection with a raid on an armoury outside the capital.

Willy Yameogo, director of communications for the army, said Saturday that all 10 were former members of Burkina Faso's presidential guard, a unit loyal to longtime President Blaise Compaore who was ousted in a popular uprising in 2014.

The presidential guard was disbanded after members staged a brief, failed coup last September.

The Friday morning raid on the weapons warehouse outside Ouagadougou came just one week after Islamic extremists attacked a cafe and hotel in the capital, killing at least 30 people.

Yameogo said one civilian was also arrested. He described this person as a "religious" figure but did not provide any details. He said more arrests were expected.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
When assisting your child with remote learning this year, did you:
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Follow the school's comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) curriculum?
14% - 372 votes
Adjust the CSE curriculum to suit the family's morals?
24% - 648 votes
Ignore the schools CSE programme and do your own teaching?
63% - 1734 votes
Vote
ZAR/USD
15.15
(+0.04)
ZAR/GBP
20.38
(+0.08)
ZAR/EUR
18.41
(+0.01)
ZAR/AUD
11.26
(+0.15)
ZAR/JPY
0.15
(+0.11)
Gold
1840.38
(+0.03)
Silver
24.05
(+0.10)
Platinum
1040.99
(+1.82)
Brent Crude
48.78
(+0.95)
Palladium
2334.00
(+1.55)
All Share
58947.48
(+1.14)
Top 40
54171.85
(+1.29)
Financial 15
11399.33
(+0.82)
Industrial 25
79681.43
(+0.78)
Resource 10
56621.26
(+2.07)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo