Burkina Faso Says Weapons Depot Outside Capital Attackedby
Gunmen attacked a weapons depot on the outskirts of Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou, early on Friday, according to the army. Nobody was injured.
The perpetrators of the attack on the Yimdi depot are “stubborn elements” of the former presidential guard, an elite army unit that was disbanded after staging a coup in September, an e-mailed statement from the armed forces said.
“The army has secured the scene and is looking for the assailants,” army spokesman Guy-Herve Ye said by phone.
Africa’s fourth-largest gold producer held elections in November last year after a short-lived military takeover by the presidential guard that wasn’t supported by the rest of the armed forces. The unit, known by its French acronym RSP, remained loyal to ex-President Blaise Compaore, who ruled the West African nation for 27 years until he was ousted amid mass protests in 2014.