Captain Ibrahim Traore Gives Reason For His Coup

An Army captain in Burkina Faso has announced in a national television saying ; i have overthrown the military leader Lt Col Paul-Henri Damiba.

Ibrahim Traore said his reason is because of the inability of Col Damiba to deal with Islamist insurgency.

He added that, we dismissed Lieutenant Colonel Damiba from power so that “we can pursue our common ideal with the people of Burkinabe. and this is to restore security and the integrity of our territory. “

He also added that all borders are closed indefinitely and all political activities are suspended.

Lt Col Damiba junta overthrew one elected government in January, and his reason was, the civilian government cannot end Islamist attacks.

But his administration hasn’t been able to stop the jihadist violence.

On Monday, gunmen killed 11 Soldiers escorting a Cillian convoy in the north of the country.

Earlier on Friday, Lt Col Damiba urged the general populace to stay calm after hearing heavy gun fire in the Capital.

Tbis is the second military takeover in the west African country in eight months.

Lt Col Damiba removed the democratically elected President Roch Kabore in January with promises to end the Islamist insurgency.

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