Violence in Burundi's Capital Leaves at Least 10 People Dead

Violence flared overnight in Burundi’s capital, leaving 10 people dead, as police fought unidentified assailants and a local journalist and his children were killed.

Three police officers were seized by armed men late Tuesday in the Ngagara district of Bujumbura, sparking a rescue attempt after which five of the kidnappers and one of the abductees were left dead, police spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye said Wednesday on national radio.

Also in Ngagara, national television cameraman Christophe Nkezabahizi and his two teenage children were killed, his channel reported. An unidentified witness cited by national radio on Wednesday said men wearing the uniform of Burundi’s presidential guard shot him dead and killed five other people in his compound.

Nkurikiye said an investigation had begun into the cameraman’s death. A 10th fatality was reported in Jabe district, where a woman was killed in a grenade blast late Tuesday, while explosions were also heard in three other areas of Bujumbura, he said.

More than 130 people have died in violence in Burundi since April when President Pierre Nkurunziza announced he was a candidate to serve a third term. Opponents say his re-election violates a term-limit set in peace accords that ended the 12-year civil war in 2005.

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