Around 30 dead, 100 injured in Burkina Faso violence

OUAGADOUGOU (TIP): Around 30 people were killed and more than 100 injured in violence that rocked Burkina Faso on Thursday, leading opposition figure Benewende Sankara told AFP. It was not clear if the toll related to the whole of the country or just the capital Ouagadougou, where protesters burned down parliament in an uprising against the 27-year rule of President Blaise Compaore. Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaore refused to give up power but called off a state of emergency imposed after a violent uprising against his 27-year rule that saw parliament set ablaze. remained unclear who was in charge of the country after an earlier announcement by the army that it had taken control, dissolved parliament and would put in place a transitional government. Hundreds stormed parliament and other public buildings including the national television headquarters in the capital Ougadougou, ransacking offices and setting fire to cars despite a heavy police and army presence. Compaore initially called a state of emergency but appeared on television just a few hours later to say it had been called off.

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