Burundi Rivals Battle for Control of Capital

Rival military groups have been battling for control of the Burundi capital, a day after a former intelligence chief staged an attempted coup against President Pierre Nkurunziza. Heavy gunfire rang out from the direction of the ruling CNDD-FDD party headquarters in Bujumbura, which witnesses said were being guarded by police. It was difficult to determine who was in control of the capital, with periods of relative calm broken by bouts of gunfire in the evening. Five soldiers were reportedly killed in clashes. Burundi has been a tinderbox since Maj Gen Godefroid Niyombare, a former intelligence chief who was fired three months ago, announced that Nkurunziza had been ousted after weeks of deadly civil unrest triggered by the president’s attempt to stand for a third term.



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