Burkina Faso detained four officers on Thursday in connection with a thwarted coup attempt, while two others are on the run, suspected of conspiring against state security.

Burkina Faso said on Thursday that four officers had been detained, a day after the military government announced it had thwarted a coup attempt.

The four are suspected of involvement in a “conspiracy against state security”, military prosecutor Ahmed Ferdinand Sountoura said in a statement on Thursday.

Two others are “on the run” according to the statement.

The junta said late on Wednesday that the intelligence and security services had foiled a coup attempt the previous day.

It comes nearly a year to the day since junta leader Captain Ibrahim Traore seized power in the West African nation on September 30, 2022.

His takeover was the country’s second coup in eight months, both triggered in part by discontent at failures to stem a raging jihadist insurgency, which swept in from neighboring Mali in 2015.

Late on Tuesday, thousands of people had taken to the streets of the capital Ouagadougou following a call from Traore supporters to “defend” him amid rumors of a coup on social media.

Katrine Dige Houmøller, with AFP