BREAKING: Eight soldiers arrested over attempted coup in Burkina Faso


The authorities in Burkina Faso have announced the arrest of eight soldiers who are accused of plotting a coup.

Among those arrested is Colonel Mohamed Emmanuel Zoungrana – a well-known former army commander who has reportedly been critical of the government.

The justice ministry on Tuesday said an investigation on the matter had begun.

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The last coup in Burkina Faso took place seven years ago when a controversial military unit loyal to the ousted and exiled president, Blaise Compaoré, seized power.

The current leader, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, made significant changes to the government last month at a time while under pressure to counter frequent attacks by Islamist militants. (BBC)