Burundi Police Say Eight People Killed in Capital Over Weekend

At least eight people died in Burundi’s capital over the weekend as unidentified people clashed with police, an official said, in the latest violence following President Pierre Nkurunziza’s July re-election.

Police officers were attacked when patrolling the Cibitoke district of Bujumbura, police spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye said in an interview. Six officers were wounded, he said, without specifying to which side the eight dead belonged.

Burundi’s police force hasn’t identified any group as being behind recent violence. The army’s chief of staff, Prime Niyongabo, said on national radio on Oct. 2 that at least two military officers have abandoned their posts and security forces have foiled attempts to organize militant groups.

More than 130 people have died in Burundi over the past five months in clashes sparked by Nkurunziza’s decision to stand for a third term. Some of the slain were found with their hands tied behind their back or their bodies showed other signs of torture, according to the United Nations. Opponents say Nkurunziza’s re-election violates a two-term limit set in peace accords that ended a 12-year civil war in 2005.