Easing tension Burkina Faso coup leaders free President Kafando

According to coup leader Gen Gilbert Diendere, who was Mr Compaore's former chief-of-staff, Mr Kafando is now in his official residence after being freed on Thursday.

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Burkina Faso interim leader, Michel Kafando released

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

They have also agreed to the "principle of dialogue", as two West African presidents come to mediate.

However Prime Minister Isaac Zida, who once held a top presidential guard (RSP) post, remains under house arrest.

The coup was launched by members of the RSP and at least three have died in protests after an ally of ex-President Blaise Compaore was named leader.

The US, France and the African Union (AU) have condemned the takeover in the former French colony.

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

An unknown number of protesters have also been detained.

Security forces again fired in the air on Friday to disperse demonstrators who burned tyres and blocked neighbourhood streets, Reuters news agency reports.

Elections were due to be held in the West African nation on 11 October, nearly a year after a popular uprising forced Mr Compaore, the long-time ruler of the West African country, from power.

According to coup leader Gen Gilbert Diendere, who was Mr Compaore's former chief-of-staff, Mr Kafando is now in his official residence after being freed on Thursday.

Two other ministers, detained with the president and prime minister when a cabinet meeting was stormed by the RSP on Wednesday, have also been released.

The decision to free them was made "as a sign of easing tensions and in the general interest", a statement read on national television said.

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