Burundi’s Police Say One Gunman Killed, Five Arrested in CapitalDesire Nimubona
Burundi’s police said they shot a gunman and arrested five others in a southern district of the capital, the latest violence in a more than yearlong political crisis.
The police and army are continuing to search Bujumbura’s Musaga neighborhood, spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye told reporters Wednesday in the city.
SOS Medias Burundi, a network of local journalists, said on its Facebook page that parts of Musaga were under lockdown since early Wednesday. Heavy gunfire and explosions were heard from the district the previous night, it said, citing residents.
The landlocked East African nation has been rocked by unrest that’s left more than 470 people dead since April 2015, when President Pierre Nkurunziza decided to stand for re-election, a move his opponents said was unconstitutional.