Burkina Faso military says it has seized power

The military in Burkina Faso says it has seized power in a coup.

The announcement was made on state television by an army officer, who said both the government and parliament had been dissolved.

President Roch Kaboré’s whereabouts are unclear, but the officer said that all those detained were in a secure location.

The coup comes a day after troops seized barracks, and gunshots were heard in the capital.

Earlier, the ruling People’s Movement for Progress (PMP) party said that both Mr Kaboré and a government minister had survived an assassination attempt.

On Sunday, mutinying troops demanded the sacking of military chiefs and more resources to fight Islamist militants.

BBC