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Burkina President Dies in Coup

October 16, 1987|Associated Press

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — Ousted President Thomas Sankara was shot and killed after his government was overthrown in a coup led by his second-in-command, Capt. Blaise Compaore, a well-informed official source said today.

The Burkina Faso source said Sankara and about a dozen other people were killed during Thursday's coup. He said they were buried in a cemetery outside this West African capital. The source, who commented on condition of anonymity, provided no more details.

Sankara's overthrow, Page 5.

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