Three dead, 60 injured as military take over Burkina Faso

At least three people have been killed and 60 injured during street clashes in Burkina Faso’s capital as protesters demonstrated against a military coup.

Soldiers had fired warning shots yesterday to disperse crowds gathering in the streets of Ouagadougou, who responded by throwing stones.

The military had taken to the airwaves earlier to declare their control of the country, confirming that a coup had taken place just weeks before the national elections.

A statement by the US National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, called on all responsible parties to immediately release the detainees, order aligned forces to stand down, respect the rights of civilians to peacefully assemble, and put Burkina Faso back on the path to presidential elections in October.

Meanwhile, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned in the strongest terms the coup led by a close ally of toppled former leader Blaise Compaore, and has therefore called on the country’s military to exercise restraint.

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