Army personnel in Burkina Faso have taken over state television and announced that they have deposed military chief Paul-Henri Damiba, suspended the government and the constitution, and overthrown the transitional charter.
Damiba was fired due to his incapacity to handle a worsening Islamist insurgency, according to a statement delivered on national television late on Friday by Captain Ibrahim Traore.
He said that all political and civil society activities had been suspended and that the borders had been closed indefinitely.
For the west African state, it is the second coup in eight months. Following the overthrow of democratically elected president Roch Marc Kaboré in a coup in January, Damiba came to power.
The violence has continued unabatedly despite Damiba and his colleagues’ promises to increase security in the country, and in recent months, discontent with his leadership has grown.
The announcement followed a day of unrest during which gunfire could be heard in Ouagadougou, the capital.