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Sustained Gunfire Heard in Burkina Faso Capital

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Residents of Burkina Faso's capital report hearing gunfire for at least three hours beginning Tuesday night leading into Wednesday.

Witnesses in Ouagadougou say the gunshots could be heard coming from two military camps, one inside the city and another in a suburb.

There were no immediate reports of casualties.

The French news agency AFP quotes a senior military official who said soldiers were firing into the air to protest the sentencing of five troops convicted of beating a civilian who was allegedly involved in a relationship with the wife of one of the soldiers.

The agency says soldiers also looted shops in the central market area.

Burkina Faso is one of west Africa's most stable countries, though students held violent protests last month following the death of a student in police custody.

President Blaise Compaore has ruled the country since seizing power in a 1987 coup.

Article by VOA News