September 22, 2015 / 8:40 AM / 4 years ago

Burkina Faso PM Zida, held hostage since coup, freed

File photo of Burkina Faso's Yacouba Isaac Zida attends a news conference in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso. REUTERS/Joe Penney

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Burkina Faso’s Yacouba Isaac Zida, who had been held hostage since a coup led by the West African nation’s elite presidential guard last week, was freed on Tuesday, an advisor and a senior army officer loyal to the government said.

“The prime minister is free. He has returned to his offiical residence (in the capital Ouagadougou),” said Lieutenant Boris Nadie, Zida’s aide-de-camp.

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