Burkina Faso faces possible war between army & presidential guard

The army has ordered anti-coup protesters in the capital to return home, amid fears of fighting.

Vehicles run in a street of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, on 21 September, 2015. Picture: AFP.

PRETORIA - Fears are growing in Burkina Faso that fighting could erupt between the army, now in the capital, and the presidential guard that seized power last week.

In Ougadougou, the coup leader's defied an ultimatum to step down, saying his forces will retaliate if attacked.

Gen Gilbert Diendere's defied a deadline of noon South African time to surrender or face an assault.

The army has ordered anti-coup protesters in the capital to return home, amid fears of fighting.

Diendere seized power last week with the backing of the presidential guard, but the army has remained loyal to the deposed government.

Its troops have entered the capital, vowing to retake it. The European Union has called on the presidential guard to immediately lay down their weapons to avoid bloodshed.

Regional leaders are holding crisis talks in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, to discuss a peace plan for the former French colony.