Burkina Faso arrests four ex-presidential guards

Burkina Faso arrests four of seven ex-presidential guards responsible for launching attack on army

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Soldiers stand outside an arms depot in Yimdi, Burkina Faso.

Burkina Faso arrested four of the seven members of the dissolved presidential guards on the charge they had a connection to an attack two days ago near the capital city Ouagadougou.

The country is still recovering from an attack by Al Qaeda militants who seized a hotel on Jan. 15 in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou and opened fire on a restaurant, killing at least 28 people from at least seven countries, and wounding 50 others.

According to the army's statement, the arrests came after the country’s armed forces published the names and images of the guards who were wanted. Another guard who had fled died after a gun fight.

The three men were arrested when they tried to cross the border with Ghana, the army said.

"One among them opened fire on our intervening forces, leading to a riposte. Gravely wounded, he succumbed to his injuries during his transfer to the hospital by helicopter."

Authorities are still hunting for the two guards who are on the run.

Burkina Faso had already arrested 11 members of the ex-members of the Presidential Security Regiment (RSP) in connection with Friday’s attack, during which army officials said the attackers confiscated Kalashnikov rifles and rocket launchers.

On Saturday, authorities also arrested Eddie Komboigo, the leader of the Congress for Democracy and Progress party.

However, it is not clear what the charges against him are.

TRTWorld, Reuters