Burkina Faso army fires at coup plotter barracks

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A Burkina Faso government soldier provide security near the presidential palace in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. Burkina Faso's army stepped up the pressure Tuesday against those behind last weekâs short-lived coup, surrounding the barracks of coup plotters and arresting a former high-ranking minister accused of collaborating with the mutinous soldiers. (AP Photo/Theo Renaut)
A Burkina Faso government soldier patrols in a suburb as the army takes control from the soldiers that took part in a coup in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. Burkina Faso's army stepped up the pressure Tuesday against those behind last weekâs short-lived coup, surrounding the barracks of coup plotters and arresting a former high-ranking minister accused of collaborating with the mutinous soldiers. (AP Photo/Theo Renaut)
Burkina Faso government soldier holds his position during a patrol of a suburb taking control from the soldiers that took part in a coup in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. Burkina Faso's army stepped up the pressure Tuesday against those behind last weekâs short-lived coup, surrounding the barracks of coup plotters and arresting a former high-ranking minister accused of collaborating with the mutinous soldiers.(AP Photo/Theo Renaut)
A Burkina Faso government soldier takes cover as he and others patrol a suburb taking control from the soldiers that took part in a coup in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. Burkina Faso's army stepped up the pressure Tuesday against those behind last weekâs short-lived coup, surrounding the barracks of coup plotters and arresting a former high-ranking minister accused of collaborating with the mutinous soldiers. (AP Photo/Theo Renaut)
A Burkinabe soldier stands in position near the Presidental Security Regiment (RSP) military barracks on September 29, 2015 in Ouagadougou. Burkina Faso's government on September 28 accused an elite presidential guard, led by coup leader Gilbert Diendere, behind this month's week-long coup of refusing to disarm, of seizing loyalist troops, and of planning yet more trouble. 'The disarmament process started Saturday (September 26) was forcably questioned by General Diendére who informed his elements that the RSP can not be dissolved by the transitional goverment and it was better to resist,' according to a government statement. AFP PHOTO / SIA KAMBOU (Photo credit should read SIA KAMBOU/AFP/Getty Images)
Burkinabe gendarmes patrol near the Presidental Security Regiment (RSP) military barracks on September 29, 2015 in Ouagadougou. Burkina Faso's government on September 28 accused an elite presidential guard, led by coup leader Gilbert Diendere, behind this month's week-long coup of refusing to disarm, of seizing loyalist troops, and of planning yet more trouble. 'The disarmament process started Saturday (September 26) was forcably questioned by General Diendére who informed his elements that the RSP can not be dissolved by the transitional goverment and it was better to resist,' according to a government statement. AFP PHOTO / SIA KAMBOU (Photo credit should read SIA KAMBOU/AFP/Getty Images)
Burkinabe gendarmes patrol near the Presidental Security Regiment (RSP) military barracks on September 29, 2015 in Ouagadougou. Burkina Faso's government on September 28 accused an elite presidential guard, led by coup leader Gilbert Diendere, behind this month's week-long coup of refusing to disarm, of seizing loyalist troops, and of planning yet more trouble. 'The disarmament process started Saturday (September 26) was forcably questioned by General Diendére who informed his elements that the RSP can not be dissolved by the transitional goverment and it was better to resist,' according to a government statement. AFP PHOTO / SIA KAMBOU (Photo credit should read SIA KAMBOU/AFP/Getty Images)
Burkinabe soldiers stand in position near the Presidental Security Regiment (RSP) military barracks on September 29, 2015 in Ouagadougou. Burkina Faso's government on September 28 accused an elite presidential guard, led by coup leader Gilbert Diendere, behind this month's week-long coup of refusing to disarm, of seizing loyalist troops, and of planning yet more trouble. 'The disarmament process started Saturday (September 26) was forcably questioned by General Diendére who informed his elements that the RSP can not be dissolved by the transitional goverment and it was better to resist,' according to a government statement. AFP PHOTO / SIA KAMBOU (Photo credit should read SIA KAMBOU/AFP/Getty Images)
A Burkinabe gendarme stands in position near the Presidental Security Regiment (RSP) military barracks on September 29, 2015 in Ouagadougou. Burkina Faso's government on September 28 accused an elite presidential guard, led by coup leader Gilbert Diendere, behind this month's week-long coup of refusing to disarm, of seizing loyalist troops, and of planning yet more trouble. 'The disarmament process started Saturday (September 26) was forcably questioned by General Diendére who informed his elements that the RSP can not be dissolved by the transitional goverment and it was better to resist,' according to a government statement. AFP PHOTO / SIA KAMBOU (Photo credit should read SIA KAMBOU/AFP/Getty Images)
A Burkinabe soldier patrols near to the Presidental Security Regiment (RSP) military barracks on September 29, 2015 in Ouagadougou. Burkina Faso's government on September 28 accused an elite presidential guard, led by coup leader Gilbert Diendere, behind this month's week-long coup of refusing to disarm, of seizing loyalist troops, and of planning yet more trouble. 'The disarmament process started Saturday (September 26) was forcably questioned by General Diendére who informed his elements that the RSP can not be dissolved by the transitional goverment and it was better to resist,' according to a government statement. AFP PHOTO / SIA KAMBOU (Photo credit should read SIA KAMBOU/AFP/Getty Images)
Burkinabe soldiers patrol near to the Presidental Security Regiment (RSP) military barracks on September 29, 2015 in Ouagadougou. Burkina Faso's government on September 28 accused an elite presidential guard, led by coup leader Gilbert Diendere, behind this month's week-long coup of refusing to disarm, of seizing loyalist troops, and of planning yet more trouble. 'The disarmament process started Saturday (September 26) was forcably questioned by General Diendére who informed his elements that the RSP can not be dissolved by the transitional goverment and it was better to resist,' according to a government statement. AFP PHOTO / SIA KAMBOU (Photo credit should read SIA KAMBOU/AFP/Getty Images)
Burkina Faso government soldiers take cover as they patrol a suburb taking control from the soldiers that took part in a coup in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. Burkina Faso's army stepped up the pressure Tuesday against those behind last weekâs short-lived coup, surrounding the barracks of coup plotters and arresting a former high-ranking minister accused of collaborating with the mutinous soldiers. (AP Photo/Theo Renaut)
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OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso's army fired at the barracks of the presidential guard that carried out a short-lived coup this month and is now refusing to disarm, the army spokesman said Tuesday.

Capt. Guy Herve Ye told The Associated Press that artillery has been fired at the barracks of the elite presidential guard unit.

Burkina Faso's army earlier surrounded the barracks, the presidential palace and national radio in the capital, Ouagadougou.

Under a peace deal brokered last week, members of the presidential guard are supposed to disarm. But the presidential guard said Tuesday that they will not give up their weapons under "shameful and violent" conditions.

"Any attempt of aggression against our regiment will result in a clear, clean and decisive response, as always," the presidential guard said.

In another show of force, the army arrested Djibril Bassole, a former high-ranking minister accused of collaborating with the mutinous soldiers, said Ye.

He is accused of supporting Gen. Gilbert Diendere, the military general who led the coup earlier this month. The two are also accused of seeking help from foreign forces.

Bassole has denied the allegations, calling it a "demonization campaign" against him. Bassole, a high-level diplomat, served under Blaise Compaore, who ruled Burkina Faso for nearly 30 years before being ousted in a popular uprising.

Bassole is among 14 people whose assets have been frozen following the coup.

Coup leader Diendere handed power back to the civilian transitional government last week, but tensions grew because his supporters in the elite presidential guard refuse to disarm.

Authorities said that presidential guard members found to have played significant roles in the coup earlier this month will face trial, while others will be reintegrated into the army.

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This story was corrected to show that the coup happened earlier this month, not last week.


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