Burkina Faso soldiers block plot to ‘sabotage’ institutions | News

Authorities said the alleged conspiracy was discovered after “members of the gang” denounced the scheme.

Eight soldiers, including a senior commander, have been detained on suspicion of a plot to “undermine” the country’s institutions, authorities in Burkina Faso said.

Tuesday’s announcement follows President Roque Marc Christian Kabor. replaced the whole government The escalating security crisis has led to street protests demanding his ouster.

The military prosecutor’s office said in a statement that it learned of the alleged plot on Saturday after “a member of the gang” condemned the scheme.

It added that an investigation had been launched and eight soldiers had been detained for questioning.

Burkina Faso’s government faces ongoing pressure for its failure to stop ISIL and al-Qaeda-linked armed groups in a brutal six-year conflict that has killed some 2,000 people and forced the 1.4 million people have left their homes and sparked a massive humanitarian crisis.

Lt. Col. Emmanuel Zoungrana, commander of Western forces fighting armed groups in the country, was also among those arrested, security sources told AFP.

A security source said: “Suspected conspiracy to destabilize [the government] Since protests erupted in November calling on Kabore to address the growing violence, “implications abroad” have loomed over Zoungrana and several soldiers.

At the time, the government suspended mobile internet services for more than a week, while intense situation Prompted the UN envoy to West Africa to warn against any military takeover.

After success, governments in parts of the region are on high alert for coup coup Mali and Guinea for the past 18 months. The military also took over Chad last year after President Idris Deby died on the battlefield.

Neighboring governments have imposed tough sanctions on the military rulers of Guinea and Mali to stem any contagion effects.

In Burkina Faso, Lassina Zerbo, a former UN official and appointed prime minister of the new government, called for “cohesion” in the face of armed threats.