- Associated Press - Sunday, February 21, 2016

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) - Ivory Coast has extradited three former members of an elite military unit that staged a brief, failed coup last September, a Burkina Faso official said Sunday.

The three suspects arrived in Ouagadougou on Saturday evening, said Col. Sita Sangare, a military prosecutor. They became the target of international arrest warrants after they fled to Ivory Coast when the coup failed and Burkina Faso’s transitional government was restored. Among them is a former master sergeant, Moussa Nebie, known in Burkina Faso as “Rambo.”

In addition to the September coup, the three men are suspected of involvement in a raid last month on an armory outside the capital.

The presidents of Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast have sought to ease tensions after Burkina Faso’s military tribunal announced in January that an arrest warrant had been issued for Guillaume Soro, the head of Ivory Coast’s parliament, for his suspected role in the September coup.

Recordings of phone conversations in which Soro allegedly gave support to coup leaders form part of the case against him, though a military judge said last week that the calls had still not been authenticated.

Ex-Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore also remains in Ivory Coast despite a warrant for his arrest over the 1987 death of his predecessor, Thomas Sankara.

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