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Upper Volta executes 7 charged in coup attempt

Seven conspirators convicted of plotting to overthrow the socialist regime of President Thomas Sankara of Upper Volta were executed early Tuesday, Radio Ouagadougou reported.

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The seven men - most of them Army officers - were found guilty and sentenced to death by a military court for a May 28 coup attempt, said the broadcast monitored in Abidjan.

Mr. Sankara, an Army captain and former prime minister, seized power Aug. 4, sweeping away 24 years of Western-oriented civilian rule in the former French colony.

Sankara has installed a militantly leftist regime in the landlocked West African nation and is believed to be closely linked with Libya's Muammar Qaddafi and Flt. Lt. Jerry Rawlings in neighboring Ghana.

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