Burkina Faso: Eight soldiers arrested for alleged plot

One of the alleged plotters tipped off the authorities on Saturday to an alleged “plan to destabilize the institutions of the republic”, the prosecutor’s workplace stated in an announcement.

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An investigation is beneath means and the soldiers have been questioned, it stated.

Governments in West and Central Africa are on excessive alert for coups after profitable putsches over the previous 18 months in Mali and Guinea. The navy additionally took over in Chad final yr after president Idriss Deby died on the battlefield.
Why are coups making a comeback in Africa?
Neighboring governments have imposed heavy sanctions on the navy rulers in Guinea and Mali in an effort to go off any contagion impact in a area as soon as generally known as Africa’s “coup belt”.
Burkina Faso seems to be particularly susceptible. Rising violence by Islamist militants linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State killed a whole bunch of soldiers and civilians final yr, prompting violent road protests in November calling for President Roch Kabore to step down.

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The Burkinabe authorities on the time suspended cellular web service for over per week, and the tense scenario led the United Nations’ particular envoy to West Africa to warn towards any navy takeover.

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