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Burkina Faso army reaches capital to quell coup

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Burkina Faso’s army has reached the capital Ouagadougou to seek the surrender of the presidential guard who staged a coup last Thursday.

Negotiations between army chiefs and the presidential guard are under way, security sources said.

Coup leader Gen Gilbert Diendere told the BBC he is ready to hand back power, but only once a plan to end the crisis was backed by regional leaders.

The presidential guard is loyal to ousted President Blaise Compaore.

They arrested interim President Michel Kafando last Wednesday, installing Gen Diendere as new leader the following day.

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Since then at least 10 people have been killed and more than 100 injured in clashes.

France’s ambassador to Burkina Faso, Gilles Thibault, tweeted that Mr Kafando has been released from house arrest and was now at the ambassador’s residence.

Credit: BBC

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