Soldiers' unrest spreads to S. Burkina Faso

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Posted: Apr 17, 2011 9:30 AM
Soldiers' unrest spreads to S. Burkina Faso

The mayor of a town in southern Burkina Faso says soldiers are shooting in the air and causing unrest.

Henry Koubizara says soldiers in the town of Po were shooting into the air Sunday following two days of unrest caused by soldiers in the capital, Ouagadougou. He says he does not know what the soldiers in Po want.

Soldiers in Ouagadougou began shooting at the presidential compound late Thursday and sparked two nights of looting. The government said they were protesting over payment of housing and daily subsistence allowances.

Burkina Faso has been hit by unrest recently. The latest episode prompted the president to dissolve the government and name new security chiefs. The security minister also instituted a dusk-to-dawn curfew in the capital Saturday.