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Burkina Faso army hunts down short-lived coup makers after attacking their barracks

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BURKINA troops were on Wednesday searching Ouagadougou to find members of an elite unit behind a short-lived coup a day after a raid on their barracks, an AFP correspondent said.

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Many soldiers could be seen on the streets of the capital’s Ouaga 2000 district, where the presidency and the barracks of the presidential guard, the RSP, which staged the coup on September 17 are located.

“We are looking for members (of the RSP). Some of them are hiding,” one of the soldiers told AFP, while refusing access to the neighbourhood.

On Tuesday evening, the army launched an assault on the guards’ barracks after the putschists, who are loyal to deposed strongman Blaise Compaore, refused to disarm despite a peace deal mediated by regional powers.

Heavy gunfire could be heard as troops fired art

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