4 killed in Burkina Faso student protest over death of jailed student, witness, gov’t says

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — Burkina Faso’s government and a witness say four people have been killed in clashes between police and demonstrators in the centre of the landlocked West African nation.

A government statement issued Thursday said demonstrations started Tuesday in the city of Koudougou over the death of a jailed student. The government said he died of meningitis while in police custody. Fellow students say he died because he received bad treatment. A local journalist says he saw bodies of a demonstrator and a policeman. The government says two were killed and two policemen were wounded.

Demonstrators also looted and torched government buildings and vehicles.

Students in the capital briefly marched Thursday in solidarity with Koudougou but calm returned to Ouagadougou.

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