24 died in Burkina Faso unrest that ousted leader

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Posted: Nov 25, 2014 4:07 PM

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A committee cataloging the damage done during protests that forced Burkina Faso's longtime president from power says 24 people were killed in the unrest.

Opposition protesters, angry that President Blaise Compaore was seeking another term after nearly 30 years in power, set the parliament building on fire and forced his resignation on Oct. 31.

Clarisse Ouoba, the committee's chairwoman, told reporters Tuesday that 24 people died in the protests and the unrest that ensued. Another 625 people were wounded, and the residences of several ministers and legislators were torched and looted.

It was the first official toll from the unrest, though the opposition had previously said 30 people were killed in the violence.

A transitional government has taken power in the West African country and elections are expected next year.