Ouagadougou - A Burkina Faso military official says about 20 soldiers have been arrested since last week for planning to break the leader of a short-lived coup out of prison.
Military spokesperson Guy Herve Ye said more than 10 soldiers were arrested on December 23 while in a meeting in the military barracks. He said they were discussing a plan to attack before Christmas. He said the rest of the soldiers have been arrested throughout the week and more were on the run.
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Ye said investigations would continue into the planned attack and who was responsible.
Gen. Gilbert Diendere took power in Burkina Faso for a week in September after the presidential guard staged a coup.
The country's new president Roch Marc Christian Kabore was sworn in on Tuesday.