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Burkina troops arrested 'over plot to free coup chief'

General Gilbert Diendere, leader of a failed September 2015 coup in Burkina Faso, in Ouagadougou on December 10, 2011Around 20 soldiers in an elite Burkina unit have been arrested in a plot to free comrades detained after trying to grab power in September, including coup leader General Gilbert Diendere, a security source said Monday. In the ensuing chaos, they would free their detained colleagues, as well as Diendere and General Djibrill Bassole, another alleged putschist leader, the source said. The soldiers seized in the operation “are being held at Guillaume Bassole,” a military camp in the centre of the capital Ouagadougou, the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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