OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso’s state TV says students have burned down the ruling party headquarters and prime minister’s house in a central city.
Students demonstrated in Koudougou in February and March over a jailed student who they said died because of poor police treatment. Demonstrations left five people dead.
Monday’s incidents in the city of Koudougou coincide with a mutiny by soldiers that started in Burkina Faso’s capital last week and that has spread north and east.
Soldiers in Ouagadougou protested last week seeking payment of their allowances. Protests started late Thursday when gunfire erupted at the presidential compound and led to days of looting. That incident prompted President Blaise Compaore to dissolve his government and name new security chiefs.
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