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Former Putschists Attack Arms Depot in Burkina Faso

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

An arms depot was attacked on the outskirts of Burkina Faso's capital city early Friday. Burkinabe authorities blame members of the country's disbanded presidential guard, the elite unit that was behind a failed coup last September.

The attack happened at 3 a.m. Friday. A Burkinabe army spokesman says a group of men raided the arms depot located just outside the capital, Ouagadougou.

"There have been no casualties, said Lieutenant Colonel William Yameogo. "The authors of this attack have been identified, among them are members of the former presidential guard."

The guard, or RSP, was a 1500-man elite unit loyal to former president Blaise Compaore, who was ousted in 2014 following massive popular protests after 27 years in power.

That same group was behind a short-lived coup against the transitional government last September, just weeks before milestone elections meant to restore democratic rule to Burkina Faso. The unit was disbanded soon after and the election took place in November, bringing Roch Marc Christian Kaboré to power.

The army could not say if the group was able to get away with any weapons but said that an investigation was still underway and security has been reinforced.

This raid comes one week after an al Qaida-linked terrorist attack in Ouagadougou left 30 people dead.