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Burkina honours 1,000 wounded in uprising and failed coup

People hold up the portraits of victims of the military coup on October 9, 2015, in OuagadougouAround 1,000 people who were injured during a popular uprising last year that ousted then Burkina Faso’s president Blaise Compaore and a failed coup in September received special honours from the government on Friday. Some were still walking on crutches as they received their decorations from transitional prime minister Isaac Zida and other senior officials on the 55th anniversary of the country’s independence. More than 650 people were injured during the October 2014 uprising which ousted Compaore after 27 years in power, and 271 during the failed military coup by Compaore loyalists.

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