BUJUMBURA (Reuters) – Burundian forces arrested the leader of a failed coup on Friday, President Pierre Nkurunziza’s spokesman said, but anti-Nkurunziza protesters said they would return to the streets, setting the stage for more clashes.
Major General Godefroid Niyombare was captured two days after announcing Nkurunziza had been overthrown, presidential spokesman Gervais Abayeho said.
BUJUMBURA (Reuters) – Burundi’s authorities have arrested three generals for their role in an attempted coup but the leader of the bid to overthrow President Pierre Nkurunziza was “still on the run”, a presidential spokesman said on Friday.
After Thursday’s heavy fighting for control of the state radio headquarters and frequent gunfire in the capital, the streets of Bujumbura were quiet on Friday morning.
BUJUMBURA, May 15 (Reuters) – Burundi’s authorities have
arrested three generals for their role in an attempted coup but
the leader of the bid to overthrow President Pierre Nkurunziza
was “still on the run”, a presidential spokesman said on Friday.
After Thursday’s heavy fighting for control of the state
radio headquarters and frequent gunfire in the capital, the
streets of Bujumbura were quiet on Friday morning.
BUJUMBURA (Reuters) – President Pierre Nkurunziza returned to Burundi on Thursday, his office said, after the army chief declared that an attempted coup staged when the east African leader was abroad had failed.
But bursts of gunfire in the capital and fighting for control of the state radio during the day indicated there was still determined opposition to the president, who sparked protests and the coup attempt by his move to seek a third term.
BUJUMBURA (Reuters) – The head of Burundi’s army said on Thursday that an attempted coup had failed and forces loyal to President Pierre Nkurunziza were in control but heavy gunfire in the capital suggested the battle for power was not yet over.
Army Chief of Staff General Prime Niyongabo’s announcement came a day after another general said he had sacked Nkurunziza for seeking an unconstitutional third term in office, developments that have alarmed neighboring governments.
BUJUMBURA (Reuters) – Police fired guns and teargas towards protesters throwing stones in a suburb of Burundi’s capital on Tuesday during a demonstration against the president’s bid for a third term, Reuters witnesses said.
At least two police officers fired guns towards lines of demonstrators during clashes in Butarere district, one Reuters witness said. Another saw protesters grab a policewoman and beat her up, saying she fired at them, before letting her go.
BUJUMBURA (Reuters) – Heavy gunfire was heard as police fired teargas at protesters throwing stones in a suburb of Burundi’s capital on Tuesday during a demonstration against president’s bid for a third term, Reuters witnesses said.
It was not immediately clear who fired the shots during clashes in Butarere district, where hundreds of protesters had gathered, saying Pierre Nkurunziza’s third election run violated the constitution and a peace deal that ended civil war in 2005.
TRIPOLI/MISRATA, Libya (Reuters) – Ten fighters loyal to the self-proclaimed government that controls Tripoli were killed by Islamic State militants in central Libya on Wednesday, officials said.
Libyan hardline Islamists who have allied themselves to the Islamic State group that have surged to prominence in Iraq and Syria had until recently been mostly active in the east, where the internationally recognized government is now based.
NEAR SIRTE, Libya (Reuters) – Families fled Libya’s coastal city of Sirte in their dozens on Monday after two days of clashes between Islamic State militants and fighters loyal to a government based in Tripoli, with the violence set to escalate, according to witnesses.
Families were seen packing into cars and heading westwards along the coast for Misrata, the stronghold of Libya Dawn, the armed group that backs the government in the capital, Tripoli. Some 20 cars evacuated staff from a hospital.
BAMBARI, Central African Republic (Reuters) – French peacekeeping troops in Central African Republic used helicopter gunships and mortars on Saturday to fight Muslim rebels at a bridge in the town of Bambari, northeast of the capital Bangui, a Reuters witness said.
The clash is the latest between fighters from the mostly Muslim rebel Seleka coalition and peacekeepers, and could deepen antagonism in the north of the country towards French forces.