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ECOWAS reacts to coup attempt in Burkina Faso; president’s fate unknown

There was heavy gunfire around Burkina Faso’s President, Roch Marc Kaboré, home in the nation’s capital, Ouagadougou, on Sunday night, according to reports.

The gunshots were after soldiers staged mutinies at several barracks to demand the sacking of the country’s military top brass and more resources for the battle against Islamist insurgents.

Residents also reported they saw a helicopter above the president’s home in the capital Ouagadougou.

It followed gunfire earlier Sunday at several army bases, prompting fears of yet another coup in a volatile nation prone to military takeovers.

If this is confirmed as a coup d’état, it would mark the fourth military coup in the past year in West and Central Africa region known as the “coup belt”.

Reacting, ECOWAS on Monday voiced deep concern over what it called a “coup attempt” amid uncertainty over President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré’s fate.

While reports said the president was detained after troops staged a mutiny Sunday night, some Burkinabé officials have denied the reports of his arrest.

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