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Burkina Faso's interim government has authorised the exhumation and testing of remains from the tomb of former president Thomas Sankara, a step towards a full investigation into his killing in a coup in 1987. Sankara's relatives have for years sought permission for the body to be tested, saying they suspect it may not be that of Sankara, who died in the takeover that brought former ally Blaise Compaore to power. The justice system stalled any investigation while Compaore was in power. In one of his first statements after becoming interim leader last year, Michel Kafando said he would ensure the government authorised the exhumation.