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UPDATED: 14:01, December 21, 2006
Burkina Faso solders, police clash in Ouagadougou, shooting heard elsewhere
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A concert-induced riot lingered in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou on Wednesday night since its outbreak the day before, while shooting was reported from the West African nation's second largest city Bobo Dioulasso.

Despite the deployment of gendarmerie to maintain order, solders were being witnessed late in the day on the streets of the capital, protesting the killing of their fellow in a clash with the city police.

It seemed that the soldiers took to the streets when officers were holding consultations to end the riot. The soldiers had previously been put to confinement to avoid further clashes, witnesses told Xinhua.

The fight was originated from a quarrel on Sunday, when police were alleged to stop a group of soldiers going to a music concert at the city stadium without paying for the tickets. One of the soldiers died in an exchange of fire on Tuesday.

When the soldiers staged protest in defiance of the authorities, the firing of shots could be heard at the city square Wednesday night, the National Security Bureau and barracks.

Witnesses said the shots caused widespread panic among the public with shops closed at an early time and traffic plunged into confusion. It was almost impossible to go round to the western and southern parts of the city, complained one witness who refused to be identified.

Police also reported shooting in Bobo Dioulasso, 365 km west of the capital, saying shots could be heard everywhere in the city with downtown streets deserted. Citizens stayed at home or went into hiding lest they should be hit by stray bullets.

Source: Xinhua

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