Burkina Faso president Michel Kafando detained by soldiers

Soldiers have detained Burkina Faso’s transitional president, prime minister and an unknown number of cabinet members, raising fears of a coup.

Members of the military showed up at the presidential offices yesterday and barred the transitional leaders from leaving, firing shots at protesters who had gathered outside the offices.

The raid comes weeks before the country is due to hold elections to replace its longtime leader who was ousted in a popular uprising late last year.

Interim president Michel Kafando and Lieutenant Colonel Yacouba Isaac Zida, the interim prime minister, were tasked with organising the presidential elections on October 11, which many hoped would strengthen the country’s democracy.



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