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Fears for future of Burkina Faso after president 'detained' in coupSoldiers angered at the near-con

A man standing on his motorcycle gestures as people gather at Nation square to support military in Ouagadougou CREDIT: OLYMPIA DE MAISMONT / AFP

Mutinous soldiers say they have arrested Burkina Faso’s president after a blood-spattered coup that will upend the West’s fight against jihadism across the fractured Sahel region. The landlocked nation of Burkina Faso was once the most peaceful country in West Africa – a place where many French students would take their gap years and sip iced on beers at roadside bars. But since 2016, the country has been locked in a grim fight against armed groups and jihadists allied to Al Qaeda and Islamic State. Slowly and surely the state has retreated in on itself