Burkina Faso parliament set ablaze

Protesters angry at plans to allow Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore to extend his 27-year-rule have set fire to parliament.

The BBC's Laeila Adjovi in the capital, Ouagadougou, say the city hall and ruling party headquarters are also in flames.

Earlier, the military reportedly fired at protesters who stormed parliament.

Tear gas was also fired from a helicopter, as a crowd surged towards the presidency, reports say.

Parliament was due to consider changing the constitution so that Mr Compaore, 63, could run for office again in elections next year.

A government minister could not confirm reports that the constitutional amendment has been withdrawn, Reuters news agency reports.



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