Heavy clashes in Burundi after coup attempt, as hiding president calls for calm
Burundi’s president, the target of an attempted coup, has appealed for calm from a secret location in Tanzania. There has been heavy fighting between rival troops in Burundi’s capital.
Explosions and gunshots were heard on Thursday in Burundi’s capital, Bujumbura, a day after a top general launched a coup to oust President Pierre Nkurunziza.
Former intelligence chief Godefroid Niyombare announced that Nkurunziza had been relieved of his duties. One report said four radio stations, used by Niyombare’s supporters to announce the coup, were later burnt down by government-aligned police forces.
Niyombare launched the coup when Nkurunziza was in neighboring Tanzania for a summit on Burundi’s ongoing political unrest. He was sacked after criticizing the president’s bid to seek a third term in elections in June.
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