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Burkina Fasos coup leader defies ultimatum, warns, if

from BBC
Burkinafaso's Gen. Gilbert Diendere
Burkinafaso's Gen. Gilbert Diendere

Burkina Faso’s coup leader has defied an ultimatum to step down, threatening that his forces will retaliate, if attacked.

Army Chiefs had given Gen. Gilbert Diendere a deadline to surrender, or face an assault. The army has ordered anti-coup protesters in the Capital, Ouagadougou, to return home, amid fears of fighting.

Gen. Diendere seized power last week with the backing of the Presidential Guard, but the army has remained loyal to the deposed government.

The army has entered Ouagadougou, vowing to retake it.
The European Union (EU) has called on the Presidential Guard to immediately lay down their weapons to avoid bloodshed.

Regional leaders are holding crisis talks in Nigeria’s Capital, Abuja, to discuss a peace plan for the former French colony.  At least 10 people have been killed and more than 100 injured since the coup in clashes between the Presidential Guard and protesters.

 


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