A gunshot was heard around Burkina Faso’s presidential palace and headquarters of the military junta and according to the government, the developing situation was linked to an “internal crisis in the army”. Regarding to this, the troops was seen blocking several main roads in the capital Ouagadougou.
Government spokesman Lionel Bilgo stated that “talks are continuing to try to reach a settlement without trouble, crisis was related to salaries.Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba is taking part in discussions with the men”.
“I heard heavy detonations around 4:30 am (0430 GMT) and now the roads around my home have been sealed off by military vehicles,”a resident who lives close to the presidential palace said.
A second government source said, “The negotiations are continuing ,the soldiers are maintaining pressure through their presence at strategic points they occupied this morning”.Soldiers were seen at the city’s main crossroads, especially in Ouaga 2000 but also outside the state television centre which was cut for several hours, broadcasting a blank screen for several hours saying: “no video signal”
In Brussels, the EU got concerned at events in the Burkina capital.“A military movement was observed from 04:30 this morning. The situation still remains particularly confused,” spokeswoman Nabila Massrali stated.