Burkina Faso government asks public to avoid aggression as presidential guard disbands

Burkina Faso's government has asked citizens to avoid acts of aggression against members of the presidential guard that staged a coup earlier this month.

The government said late Saturday that people should remain calm and exert restraint as the unit is disbanded. The warning came in response to reports that presidential guard members and their families are being attacked.

Transitional President Michel Kafando announced the disbandment of the elite group of soldiers late Friday. The army has begun collecting arms and says it will take days to completely disarm the group.

Members of the presidential guard arrested Kafando and the interim prime minister on Sept. 16 and later announced the coup.

Gen. Gilbert Diendere took power for about a week. The transitional government was reinstalled Wednesday.