Burkina Faso’s new leader says gunfire in capital was counter-offensive by ousted president

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Captain Ibrahim Traore looks on during the announcement on television that he has ousted Burkina Faso's military leader Paul-Henri Damiba and dissolved the government and constitution, in Ouagadougou

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) – Burkina Faso’s self-declared new leader Ibrahim Traore said gunfire in the capital Ouagadougou on Saturday was part of a counter-offensive staged by ousted President Paul-Henri Damiba.

Speaking on local radio station Omega in his first interview since Friday’s coup, Traore said: “They led a counter-offensive this morning. Some of the special forces were sent … and also the air base has been manipulated.”

(Reporting by Anne Mimault; Writing by Alessandra Prentice; Editing by Frances Kerry)

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