A soldier shot dead by police officer in Burundi: witness

Burundian police officer shot dead a soldier during clashes with demonstrators on the streets of the capital Bujumbura

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Burundian police shot dead a soldier during clashes with demonstrators on the streets of the capital Bujumbura on Wednesday, a witness and soldier told AFP, amid high tensions between the two forces.

"A soldier has been killed, he was shot in the heart, it is a police officer who fired," a soldier said.

In recent days, soldiers had been mainly deployed, viewed by many protesters as being more neutral than the much more feared police.

More than 20 people died in weeks of clashes with security forces that halted during the coup attempt, but the protests resumed on Monday.

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza delayed parliamentary elections by a week which was set for May 26, after nearly a month of anti-governmental demonstrations and a failed military coup in the east African state, Willy Nyamitwe, adviser of Burundi presidency said on Wednesday, Reuters has reported.

The decision came after a recommendation by the election commission, from opposition politicians and the international community for a postponement

Defence and Foreign ministers of Burundi had been dismissed by president Nkurunziza following a failed coup attempt days before, as hundreds of protesters continue demonstrations and anti-government street marches despite warnings. 

Singing songs and blowing whistles, demonstrators gathered in several parts of the capital Bujumbura to protest current president Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term in power. 

Bujumbura mayor Juma Saidi, speaking on state television on Sunday, warned that "demonstrators will be considered as part of the coup, and security forces have been ordered to treat them as such."

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