At least 12 dead during clashes in Burundi

At least 12 dead in latest clashes linked to disputed third term of President Pierre Nkurunziza in Burindi

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Policemen and rebels clash during a protest against Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza and his bid for a third term in Bujumbura, Burundi

At least 12 people were killed on Monday and Tuesday during ongoing clashes in Burundi.

Gitega Governor Venant Manirambona announced that police in the central province of Gitega clashed with a number of armed people and killed seven rebels late on Tuesday.

In a separate case, two gunmen on a motorbike killed a couple in a car in Bujumbura, Burundi's capital. Local people who witnessed the incident said that "I heard terrible gunshots," and added "the man was hit by bullets trying to escape, as his wife was hit being in their car."

Nkurunziza announced that he would seek a third term in April 2015 which dragged Burundi into its worst political crisis since the ethnically-driven civil war ended in 2005.

The bloody unrest over Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza’s third term bid sparked clashes between security forces and residents in anti-Nkurunziza strongholds in Bujumbura and plunged the country into an unprecedented crises which has killed over 200 people and wounded at least 500 since April.

More than 100,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries, according to the UN.

TRTWorld and agencies