Junta in Burkina Faso Thwarts Coup Attempt, Announces Arrests

The junta currently governing Burkina Faso, which rose to power after toppling a military regime, has declared that it successfully thwarted a coup attempt by certain army officers.

In an official statement, the junta expressed that their actions prevented an attempt to seize control and plunge the nation into chaos.

“The dark intention of attacking the institutions of the Republic and plunging our country into chaos… investigations will help unmask the instigators of this plot,” the statement declared.

According to Rimtalba Jean Emmanuel Ouedraogo, the regime’s spokesman, “Officers and other alleged actors involved in this attempt at destabilization have been arrested and others are actively sought.”

The military government intends to conduct a thorough investigation to uncover the full extent of the plot, expressing regret that some officers, whose primary duty is to defend their homeland, participated in such activities.

As reported, four individuals have been apprehended, while two remain at large.

The junta initiated the investigation based on credible allegations pointing to a plot against state security involving officers.

This incident follows the junta’s rise to power after two military coups in the past year, partly triggered by a worsening insurgency led by armed groups associated with al Qaeda and the Islamic State, which has destabilized not only Burkina Faso but also neighboring regions.

Captain Ibrahim Traoré, who led the junta, assumed power on September 30, 2022, marking the country’s second coup within eight months.

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