Burundian generals arrested over coup attempt

Three senior Burundian generals have been arrested for their role in an attempted coup against president Pierre Nkurunziza

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Burundi’s presidency announced early on Friday they have arrested three generals for their role in an attempted coup in Burundi but the leader of the bid to overthrow President Pierre Nkurunziza was "still on the run," a presidential spokesman said Friday.

Of those arrested, one was a police general and two others were army generals, including former Defence Minister Cyrille Ndayirukiye, spokesman Gervais Abayeho told Reuters. He said Major General Godefroid Niyombare, who led the coup attempt, was "still on the run, his whereabouts are not known to us."

Burundi’s presidential office announced on Thursday that Nkurunziza had returned from Tanzania after staying in an undisclosed place in Dar es Salam for nearly two days. 

Burundi had been hit by protests against Nkurunziza running for a third term as the Burundi's constitution stipulates that a president can only serve for two terms.

However, Nkurunziza's supporters said he could run again because he was selected for his first term by lawmakers and not through elections.

Many people died during the clashes and more than 50,000 Burundians have fled the violence to neighboring countries in recent weeks.

TRTWorld and agencies