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The Government of Burkina Faso denied this Sunday that the army had taken power through a coup d'état, after reports of shootings in several barracks in the African country.


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Through a statement, the government spokesman, Alkassoum Maiga, confirmed the existence of the shots in some barracks and called on the population to remain calm after the circulation on social networks that the military forces took power.

Gunshots were heard on Sunday at several barracks in Burkina Faso, including two in the capital, Ouagadougou, military sources and residents told local and international media.

"Since 01:00 in the morning, shots have been heard here in Gounghi from the Sangoule Lamizana camp," said a soldier from this neighborhood, located on the western exit of the capital Ouagadougou.

Shots were also reported at another military camp in Ouagadougou, Baba Sy, on the southern outskirts of the capital, and at the air base near the airport.

In the Sangoule Lamizana camp grounds is the prison where General Gilbert Diendéré, former Chief of Staff who in September 2015 led the failed coup against President Michel Kafando, is being held.

On Saturday, Burkina Faso had experienced a new day of demonstrations called by civil society groups to express the great social discontent over the insecurity generated in the country by jihadist violence and the lack of results from the Government in curbing it.

The mobilizations were suppressed by the security forces with tear gas and there were some clashes between agents and demonstrators.

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