1987 Burkinabé coup d'état

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1987 Burkinabé coup d'état
Location Burkina Faso AU Africa.svg
Date15 October 1987
12°21′26″N 1°32′7″W / 12.35722°N 1.53528°W / 12.35722; -1.53528Coordinates: 12°21′26″N 1°32′7″W / 12.35722°N 1.53528°W / 12.35722; -1.53528

Coup attempt succeeds.



Military faction
Supported by:
United States
Côte d'Ivoire
Commanders and leaders
Thomas Sankara Executed Blaise Compaoré
Jean-Baptiste Boukary Lingani
Henri Zongo
François Mitterrand[citation needed]
Charles Taylor
Casualties and losses
Numerous casualties.
1987 Burkinabé coup d'état is located in Burkina Faso
1987 Burkinabé coup d'état
Nexus of coup in Ouagadougou (marked green), Burkina Faso

The 1987 Burkinabé coup d'état was a bloody military coup in Burkina Faso, which took place on 15 October 1987. It was orchestrated by Blaise Compaoré against incumbent President Thomas Sankara, his former friend[2] and associate during the 1983 upheaval. Sankara was killed by an armed group with twelve other officials.[3][4] Afterwards, the new President Compaoré cited deterioration in relations with neighbouring countries as one of the reasons for the coup, and stated that Sankara jeopardised foreign relations with former colonial power France and neighbouring Ivory Coast.[5] Following the coup and although Sankara was known to be dead, some CDRs mounted an armed resistance to the military for several days.[6]

Compaoré described the killing of Sankara as an "accident", but the circumstances have never been properly investigated.[7] The 2015 autopsy had revealed that Sankara's body was "riddled" with "more than a dozen" bullets, as reported by one of the lawyers representing Sankara's widow Mariam.[8]

Prince Johnson, a former Liberian warlord allied to Charles Taylor, told Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission that it was engineered by Taylor.[9]


  1. ^ http://www.thomassankara.net/kadhafi-et-le-burkina-une-histoire-damour-et-dinterets-dabdoulaye-ly/
  2. ^ "A FRIENDSHIP DIES IN A BLOODY COUP". The New York Times. 26 October 1987. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Burkino Faso Leader Ousted In Coup Led by Chief Adviser". The New York Times. 16 October 1987. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Deposed Leader of Burkina Faso Is Executed With 12 Aides". The New York Times. 17 October 1987. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
  5. ^ Burkina Faso Salutes "Africa's Che" Thomas Sankara by Mathieu Bonkoungou, Reuters, 17 October 2007.
  6. ^ Ake, Claude (2001). Democracy and Development in Africa. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press. p. 95. ISBN 081-572-348-2.
  7. ^ "United Nations Human Rights Website - Treaty Bodies Database - Document - Jurisprudence - Burkina Faso". Unhchr.ch. Retrieved 2013-04-30.
  8. ^ Iaccino, Ludovica (14 October 2015). "Thomas Sankara: Body of Africa's Che Guevara riddled with bullets, autopsy reveals three decades after death". International Business Times UK. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  9. ^ "US freed Taylor to overthrow Doe, Liberia's TRC hears". The M&G Online. Retrieved 15 October 2014.

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