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Schools Closed And Residents Staying Indoors As Soldiers Overthrow Government In Burkina Faso

President Paul-Henri Damiba of Burkina Faso has been deposed, according to armed soldiers who confirmed the event in a television broadcast. The unstable West African nation has experienced a second coup this year. According to Reuters, the declaration marked the end of a day that started with shooting close to a military base in the nation's capital Ouagadougou, an explosion close to the presidential palace, and pauses in state television broadcasting.

According to the BBC, military personnel originally took control of the government broadcaster and the prime minister's residence. Witnesses have seen a significant military presence in the area of the city. Residents are staying indoors while waiting for updates on the most recent news, according to a BBC report. The nation's security was heightened earlier this week after a militant strike in the northern Soum province claimed the lives of 11 soldiers and left 50 people missing.

The most popular location for coups in West Africa is still Burkina Faso. President Roch Kaboré was overthrown in a coup by the current ruler, Lt Col Paul-Henri Damiba, in January of this year. Due to his inability to stop the insecurity brought on by Islamist militants, Kaboré was ousted as the democratically elected president. Hundreds of protestors flocked to the streets on Thursday to demand his resignation and hold him responsible for the rise in unrest.

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