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Gunfire, explosions in Burundi capital after attempted coup

Sporadic gunfire, explosions in Burundi's capital after attempted military coup

Gunfire, explosions in Burundi capital after attempted coup

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) -- Sporadic gunfire is being heard in the Burundian capital, a day after an army general announced he had ousted President Pierre Nkurunziza.

Loud explosions were also heard Thursday in the center of Bujumbura, which has been the scene of unrest and daily protests stemming from Nkurunziza's controversial bid for a third term.

Thousands took to the streets on Wednesday to celebrate after Maj. Gen. Godefroid Niyombare announced on a private radio station that Nkurunziza had been relieved of his duties.

Nkurunziza was in neighboring Tanzania for a summit on his country's troubles at the time.

It remains unclear who is running the country, with the military said to be divided between Nkurunziza loyalists and those who back Niyombare.


Updated : 2021-09-25 20:37 GMT+08:00