Burkina Faso reconciliation body says elite military unit should be disbanded

A reconciliation commission in Burkina Faso has called for the dismantling of an elite military unit accused of killing demonstrators during last year's uprising that toppled the president of nearly three decades.

The Presidential Security Regiment has long been a source of resentment within the armed forces because of its large budget and its suspected involvement in crimes under former President Blaise Compaore, who resigned amid the uprising last October.

The regiment has also been a source of tension during the yearlong post-Compaore transition period, having pressed for the resignation of current Prime Minister Lt. Col. Isaac Zida and some transition cabinet members.

Releasing its report on Monday, the reconciliation commission said the regiment should be dismantled and replaced by police and military police.