Hundreds of people trooped to the major streets of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso capital to register their protest against military takeover.
There is a lot of military men on the street with no information about the transitional president and prime minister and there is no information if they are dead or alive, according to findings.
Soldiers fired warning shots to disperse a crowd gathered in Independence Square to protest against an apparent seizure of power by the presidential guard. More than 100 people had gathered in the square to demand the release of the interim government, detained by the elite military unit since Wednesday.
Burkina Faso was due to hold elections on October 11 that many hoped would strengthen democracy.
The transitional government came to power after the president of 27 years, Blaise Compaore, was toppled late last year in a public uprising.
The military in Burkina Faso has taken to the airwaves to declare it now controls the country, confirming that a coup has taken place – just weeks before national elections.
In the announcement aired early on Thursday on national television and radio, the statement said that the transitional government in the West African country had been dissolved.
The statement came a day after members of the elite presidential guard unit of the military arrested the transitional president and prime minister.
The communique read by Lieutenant Colonel Mamadou Bamba criticised the electoral code, which blocked members of the ex-president's party from taking part in the October 11 elections.