Burkina Faso’s army issues ultimatum to coup leaders.

Burkina Faso’s army has issued an ultimatum to coup leaders to lay down their weapons or face attack, hours after the elite presidential guard released the country’s prime minister, Yacouba Isaac Zida, from custody.

The warning came as talks between the army and the elite presidential guard continued in the capital, Ouagadougou.

The release of Zida, who was detained alongside the country’s president and an unknown number of cabinet ministers last Wednesday by presidential guard soldiers, came hours after army soldiers entered Ouagadougou without resistance.

Coup leader General Gilbert Diendere, who is a close ally of deposed long-term president Blaise Compaore, said he would hand over power to a civilian transitional government.

At least 10 people have been killed and more than 100 injured in protests sparked by the coup, which came just weeks before what would have been the first elections since Compaore was ousted in a popular revolt last October after trying to extend his 27-year grip on power.

ELSEWHERE – European Union ministers are to meet to try to resolve a dispute over how to relocate 120,000 asylum seekers who have recently arrived in Europe.

Some central European states have been resisting calls for EU members to accept mandatory quotas.

The migrants are part of more than a quarter of a million to have arrived in July and August alone.



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