Burkina Faso government says thwarted coup attempt


Burkina Faso’s Interior Minister Simon Compaore says the country has foiled a coup attempt by forces loyal to ousted President Blaise Compaore.

At least 10 people have been arrested in connection with the attempted coup though the alleged mastermind of the coup is still on the run.

The coup was supposed to take place earlier this month with an attack on the presidential palace and a prison.

About 30 men from the former president’s security unit plotted to free prisoners who were part of a September 2015 coup attempt, and then attack the presidential palace, said Simon Compaore.


Forces loyal to former president Blaise Compaoré tried to stage a coup in September last year. They surrendered a week later following protests.

Current President Roch Marc Kabore has been in power for nearly a year. His election ended the turbulent political crisis since the overthrow of Compaore.