Senior Tuareg rebel leader briefly held for links to Burkina coup

The vice president of the Tuareg National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), Mahamadou Djeri Maiga, speaks during a meeting on peace talks on July 16, 2014 in the Algerian capital AlgiersThe vice-president of a Tuareg rebel movement was briefly arrested at Ouagadougou airport on Thursday over suspected links to last month’s coup in Burkina Faso, a Burkinabe military source said. Mahamadou Djeri Maiga, vice-president of the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), “was arrested over allegations that he provided logistical support to the coup,” the source said. Crack troops from the presidential guard loyal to ousted leader Blaise Compaore declared a coup on September 17, after detaining interim president Michel Kafando and prime minister Isaac Zida.

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