Burkina Faso Guards Detain Interim President

Burkina Faso guards, supporting ousted President Blaise Compaore, have detained the interim president and prime minister, in the capital, Ouagadougou.

Interim leaders in Burkina Faso have been detained by guards supporting ousted President Blaise Compaore.

President Michel Kafando and Prime Minister Isaac Zida were detained at a cabinet meeting at the presidential palace in the capital, Ouagadougou.

It comes two days after a commission recommended the disbanding of the presidential guard (RSP).

Shots have been fired to disperse hundreds of protesters near the palace, where the detainees remain.

No injuries have been reported but there is said to be an air of panic in the capital with shops shutting early and many people heading home.

Violent mass protests that included setting parliament on fire forced long-serving Compaore out of office in October 2014.

Kafando and Zida had been tasked with organising fresh presidential elections next month.

They and other officials were “taken hostage” by the RSP, the head of the transitional parliament, Moumina Cheriff Sy, said in a statement.

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