Armed soldiers in fatigues and masks made a television announcement of their ouster of President Paul-Henri Damiba, making it the second coup in the chaotic West African country this year.
Aljazeera reports that the capital of Ouagadougou experienced gunfires and explosions near the presidential palace and interruptions on the programming of the state television.
Burkina Faso now has a new leader, army Captain Ibrahim Traore, who made an address to the nation and said that the constitution is suspended and the government is dissolved.
Damiba’s whereabouts were unknown last evening as Traore said a group that helped the overthrown president seize power in January had decided to remove him due to his inability to deal with the Islamists.
Damiba on January ousted the then President Roch Kabore for the same reason.