Burundi’s President Gives Southern Rebels Two Weeks to Surrender

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza gave armed groups behind an upsurge of violence in the country’s southwestern Mugamba region two weeks to surrender.

“Those who shot here are among you, you know them, call them and tell them that they must lay down weapons,” Nkurunziza said after meeting officials in Mugamba, in comments broadcast on Radio Isanganiro. “If they refuse, they will face the determination of the security forces.”

The governor of the wider Bururi province, Christian Nkurunziza, said on the same station that at least 20 people have died at the hands of armed groups since January in Mugamba, while authorities have killed about 30 of the militants.

The violence is part of the broader unrest that’s gripped the landlocked East African country and left more than 470 people dead since April 2015, when the president decided to stand for re-election, a move his opponents said was unconstitutional.

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