20 Apr '11, 4am

US warns against travel to Burkina Faso: WASHINGTON: The United States on Tuesday warned its citizens not to tra...

US warns against travel to Burkina Faso: WASHINGTON: The United States on Tuesday warned its citizens not to tra...

WASHINGTON: The United States on Tuesday warned its citizens not to travel to the restive west African country of Burkina Faso, saying the situation there "remains tense and unpredictable." The State Department urged US citizens to defer travel plans "due to increasing security concerns relating to incidents of violence and lawlessness in numerous cities throughout the country." US citizens already in Burkina Faso "are encouraged to maintain good situational and security awareness," it said. Soldiers -- decried as mutinous by the new army chief -- took to the streets of Ouagadougou and at least three other cities last week, looting shops and torching merchant stalls and the homes of army officers and other officials. They were demanding their March pay, housing and food allowances, which the authorities began to pay out on Saturday. Their rampage prompted a violent counter...

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