Gunfire and blasts reported in Burkina Faso’s capital

Burkina Faso soldiers are seen deployed in Ouagadougou on September 30, 2022. - Shots were heard early Friday around Burkina Faso's presidential palace and the headquarters of its military junta, which seized power in a coup last January, witnesses told AFP. Several main roads in the capital Ouagadougou were blocked by troops and state television was cut, broadcasting a blank screen saying: "no video signal". (Photo by Olympia DE MAISMONT / AFP)
Burkina Faso soldiers are seen deployed in Ouagadougou on September 30, 2022. – Shots were heard early Friday around Burkina Faso’s presidential palace and the headquarters of its military junta, which seized power in a coup last January, witnesses told AFP.
Several main roads in the capital Ouagadougou were blocked by troops and state television was cut, broadcasting a blank screen saying: “no video signal”. (Photo by Olympia DE MAISMONT / AFP)

There are multiple reports of massive gunfire in Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou with reports of unrest.

Heavy gunfire was heard coming from the main military camp and some residential areas of Burkina Faso’s capital early on Friday morning, Reuters reporters said.

According to local media, the national broadcaster, radio and television have been off air since the wee hours of Friday and there was heavy gunfire overnight.

Several armed soldiers were seen taking positions along the main avenue leading to the presidency. Soldiers were also seen blocking access to administrative buildings.

A spokesman for the military government was unreachable.

A military junta led by Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba took power in Burkina Faso in a coup on January 24.

That takeover was largely celebrated by civilians fed up with former President Roch Kabore’s civilian government that was unable to rein in Islamist militants who have killed thousands of civilians in recent years and taken over large parts of the north and east.

(With input from wires)