Angry Burkina soldiers in late-night rampage

OUAGADOUGOU — Angry soldiers in southern Burkina Faso fired their weapons late into the night before returning to barracks, residents said Sunday a month after widespread army and police mutinies.

“Calm has returned but the shooting went on until four (0400 GMT),” said a resident of the key garrison town of Po reached by telephone from the capital Ouagadougou.

“The soldiers are no longer occupying the streets. Apparently they have returned to barracks,” he added.

Other residents confirmed his remarks.

The soldiers in Po, around 140 kilometers (90 miles) from Ouagadougou, took over some government vehicles during the rampage, residents said.

The town near the border with Ghana is a symbol for the army, whose officers and commandos are trained there.

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