Burkina Faso lifts curfew imposed during failed coup

Burkinabe servicemen stand to attention during a ceremony in Nation Square in Ouagadougou on January 25, 2016, in tribute to the victims of the January 15 attack which killed 30 people (AFP Photo/Ouoba Ahmed ) (AFP)

Ouagadougou (AFP) - Burkina Faso has lifted a curfew in force since a failed coup in September, the government announced Monday, but it warned citizens to stay vigilant following this month's jihadist attack at a top hotel in the capital.

The curfew had only been in force between the hours of 1:00 am and 4:00 am recently, but has been more severe at times over the last four months, preventing people from going out between 9:00 pm and 6:00 am.

"The curfew has been lifted across the entire national territory. This measure will take effect from tonight," the government said in a statement, urging people nonetheless to remain vigilant.

The curfew was put in place on September 17 by members of Burkina Faso's elite RSP army unit as they attempted to overthrow the country's transitional government, briefly taking its leaders hostage.

The coup was thwarted by street protesters and support from the army, which attacked the plotters' barracks.

New President Roch Marc Christian Kabore took office last month and was confronted just weeks later with a major jihadist attack in the capital Ouagadougou, which saw gunmen kill 30 people at a popular hotel and restaurant.