OUAGADOUGOU - Gunfire rang out early Friday in Burkina Faso's capital and the state broadcaster went off the air, sparking fears of a mutiny nine months after a military coup d'etat overthrew the country's president.

It was not immediately known where Lt. Col. Paul Henri Sandaogo Damiba was in the West African country. He had given a speech the day before in Djibo, in the north of Burkina Faso.

Last week, Damiba had travelled to New York where he addressed the U.N. General Assembly as the country's coup leader-turned-president.