Monday 27 March 2017

Burundi attempted coup 'foiled'

Demonstrators confront police in the Ngagara district of Bujumbura, Burundi. (AP)
Demonstrators confront police in the Ngagara district of Bujumbura, Burundi. (AP)

Burundi's capital has quietened after a tumultuous day in which thousands of people celebrated an attempted coup against President Pierre Nkurunziza.

Mr Nkurunziza was in neighbouring Tanzania for a summit meeting on his country's troubles, but his office said the coup attempt was unsuccessful, posting a statement on the president's Twitter and Facebook accounts.

"A group of soldiers mutinied this morning and made a fantasy declaration of a coup d'etat," said the statement.

"This attempted coup was foiled and these people ... are sought by defence and security forces so they are brought to justice."

Earlier in the day police withdrew from the streets of Bujumbura, the capital, after an army general announced that Mr Nkurunziza had been relieved of his duties as president.

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