Shots were fired to disperse protesters who gathered on hearing about the leaders’ detentions[/caption]
Interim leaders in Burkina Faso have been detained by guards supporting ousted President Blaise Compaore.President Michel Kafando and Prime Minister Isaac Zida were detained at the presidential palace in the capital, Ouagadougou. It comes two days after a commission recommended the disbanding of the presidential guard (RSP). Shots have been fired near the palace to disperse protesters and there is an air of panic, say reports. There was no word on any casualties. Violent mass protests that included setting parliament on fire forced long-serving Mr Compaore out of office in October 2014. Mr Kafando and Lt Col Zida had been tasked with organising fresh presidential elections next month. They and other officials were “taken hostage” by the RSP, the head of the transitional parliament said in a statement.