Burundi Says One Dead After Attack on Police Station in Capitalby
Gunfire and blasts rocked parts of Burundi’s capital overnight, with authorities saying one person was killed while attacking a police station, the latest violence following President Pierre Nkurunziza’s disputed re-election.
Unidentified gunmen attacked the station in Bujumbura’s Cibitoke district late Thursday and were repelled, police spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye said on national radio. One of the assailants, the resident of a nearby neighborhood, was killed, he said.
Cibitoke residents showed reporters the body of a young man on Friday morning. Gunshots and explosions began at about 8 p.m. Thursday and continued through the night, resident Egide Ndikuriyo said in an interview. There was no immediate independent confirmation that a police station was targeted.
Unrest in the East African nation has left at least 90 people dead since Nkurunziza announced his re-election bid in April, driving more than 180,000 others to seek refuge in countries in the region. Opponents say Nkurunziza’s July re-election violates a two-term limit set in peace accords that ended a 12-year civil war in 2005.