Burkina Faso's military says that the interim prime minister has been released by the presidential guard that seized power in a coup last week.

The release of Prime Minister Lt. Col. Yacouba Isaac Zida announced early Tuesday came as the National Armed Forces stepped up the pressure on the mutinous soldiers to stand down.

On Monday, the national army said it was sending soldiers from elsewhere around the country to Burkina Faso's capital in a show of force. The statement called on members of the presidential guard to lay down their weapons and return to their barracks.

The coup leader, Gen. Gilbert Diendere, later apologized to the nation through a communique and said he would hand over power to a civilian transitional government.