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Burkina arrests 11 failed coup soldiers in arms depot raid

Iran Press TV

Sun Jan 24, 2016 5:6PM

Eleven former members of the Burkinabe presidential guard which fomented a brief but failed coup last year have been arrested after a raid on an arms depot near the capital Ouagadougou.

Senior military official Mahamadi Bonkoungou said all 11 detainees were former members of the elite RSP unit, which was disbanded after briefly seizing power last September.

The attack on the arms depot was staged by 'a dozen ex-RSP members' at around 4 a.m. (0400 GMT) Friday, Bonkoungou said.

The raid did not claim any victims and the depot at Yimdi, 20 kilometers west of Ouagadougou, is now under army control.

Bonkoungou said after the attack security was stepped up and police were still looking for 15 soldiers linked to the raid.

The army announced it would release photos of the suspects still on the loose to 'encourage the population to participate in their arrests.'

The soldiers stole several AK 47 Kalashnikov assault rifles and anti-tank rocket grenade launchers in the raid.

The RSP unit's former chief, General Gilbert Diendere, mounted a putsch on September 17 using crack troops from the RSP, a group loyal to former head of state Blaise Compaore, who was ousted in a popular uprising in 2014.

The coup was thwarted by elements in the army, backed by street protesters, who attacked the plotters' barracks.

At least 11 people were killed and 271 were injured in the attack.

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