Ousted Burkina Faso leader 'freed'

OUAGADOUGOU - Burkina Faso's interim President Michel Kafando has been freed and is in good health, the new junta leaders say.

However, Prime Minister Isaac Zida, who was also detained when the presidential guard stormed a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, remains under house arrest.

The African Union has suspended Burkina Faso and threatened sanctions unless the junta releases all interim political figures from detention.

The US and France have also condemned the coup in the former French colony.

The coup leaders have agreed to the "principle of dialogue", as two West African leaders arrived in the country to mediate in the crisis.

At least three people have died in protests in the capital, Ouagadougou, after an ally of ex-President Blaise Compaore was named leader on Thursday.

The influential Balai Citoyen civil society group has put the number of people who have died in demonstrations against the presidential guard (RSP) , at 10.

An unknown number of protesters have also been detained.

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