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OUAGADOUGOU, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Burkina Faso’s self-declared military leader Captain Ibrahim Traore said on Sunday that the situation was under control, urging people to refrain from acts of vandalism targeting the French embassy, a statement read on national television said.

The West African nation remained on edge after Traore accused President Paul-Henri Damiba on Saturday of staging a counter-offensive after his apparent ouster a day earlier.

The standoff led to sporadic gunfire across the capital throughout Saturday between opposing factions of the army.

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“We want to inform the population that the situation is under control and order is being restored,” an army officer said in a statement broadcast on national television. The officer was flanked by Traore and other armed and masked soldiers.

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Reporting by Thiam Ndiaga and Anne Mimault

Writing by Bate Felix; Editing by Kirsten Donovan

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