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Coup: Gunshots hit Ouagadougou

Burkina Faso’s self-declared leader says the man he ousted a day ago in a coup is plotting a counter-attack.

Colonel Ibrahim Traoré also accused the French army of harbouring Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Damiba at one of its bases – but France denies any involvement.

Gunshots were heard in Burkina Faso’s capital city Ouagadougou on Saturday and helicopters have circled overhead.

Protesters started a fire outside the French embassy – an attack condemned “with the greatest firmness” by Paris.

The French foreign ministry told AFP news agency that the security of its compatriots was the greatest priority, adding that a crisis centre had been opened in Ouagadougou.

Writing by Abdullahi Lamino; Editing by Tony Okerafor