Burkina Faso lifts curfew imposed during failed coup

Tuesday January 26 2016

French gendarmes tend to wounded people in the

French gendarmes tend to wounded people in the surrounding of the hotel Splendide and the café Cappuccino during the attack on January 15, 2016. AFP PHOTO | NABILA EL HADAD 

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Burkina Faso has lifted a curfew in force since a failed coup in September, the government announced Monday, but it warned citizens to stay vigilant following this month's jihadist attack at a top hotel in the capital.

The curfew had only been in force between the hours of 1a.m and 4a.m recently, but has been more severe at times over the last four months, preventing people from going out between 9p.m and 6a.m.

"The curfew has been lifted across the entire national territory. This measure will take effect from tonight," the government said in a statement, urging people nonetheless to remain vigilant.

The curfew was put in place on September 17 by members of Burkina Faso's elite RSP army unit as they attempted to overthrow the country's transitional government, briefly taking its leaders hostage.

The coup was thwarted by street protesters and support from the army, which attacked the plotters' barracks.

New President Roch Marc Christian Kabore took office last month and was confronted just weeks later with a major jihadist attack in the capital Ouagadougou, which saw gunmen kill 30 people at a popular hotel and restaurant.