8 killed as gunfire, explosions shut down Burundi's capital

BUJUMBURA, Burundi - Unidentified attackers stormed two military camps in Burundi's capital Friday, and soldiers said eight people were killed in the ensuing firefights as gunfire and explosions rocked Bujumbura, terrifying civilians who hid in their homes.

See Full Article

Five of the attackers and two soldiers were killed in the assault by people in civilian clothing at 4 a.m at a camp in Ngagara, a soldier said. Two attackers were reportedly captured. Another soldier at the military college of ISCAM said one soldier died in an attack by unknown men around the same time. Both soldiers insisted on anonymity because they are not authorized to speak with the media.

The sounds of battle continued past daybreak Friday, with people staying indoors and only military and police vehicles seen patrolling the city centre. Road blocks were set up in part of the city, residents said.

The fighting is apparently part of violence linked to President Pierre Nkurunziza having been elected to a third term, which many Burundians and foreign observers had opposed as unconstitutional and in violation of peace accords that ended a civil war in which 300,000 people were killed between 1993 and 2006.

Nkurunziza won elections in July for a third term. The constitutional Court ruled in favour of Nkurunziza, who says he was entitled to another term because for his first term he was elected by parliament and not by popular mandate. The deputy president of the constitutional Court fled to exile in Rwanda before the ruling and said the court had been coerced to rule in favour of the president.

Nkurunziza's push for a third term has triggered months of violence, including a coup attempt. At least 240 people have been killed since April and about 215,000 others have fled to neighbouring countries, according to the U.N.

At least seven people were killed this week six by men wearing police uniforms.

Both opponents and supporters of the government have been killed in apparent revenge attacks.

Burundi has a history of deadly conflicts between the country's Hutu and Tutsi ethnic groups. Nkurunziza took power in 2005 near the end of the war.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Toronto cop who Tasered and stomped on suspect appears before disciplinary hearing

    Canada News CTV News
    TORONTO -- A Toronto police sergeant who stomped on and repeatedly Tasered a man during arrest has made his first appearance at a disciplinary hearing. Sgt. Eduardo Miranda was charged with unlawful or unnecessary use of authority and discreditable conduct under the Police Services Act after a civilian police oversight agency investigation. Source
  • Bangladesh plans separate shelters for Rohingya children

    World News CTV News
    DHAKA, Bangladesh -- Bangladesh is planning to build separate shelters for 6,000 Rohingya Muslim children who entered the country without parents to escape violence in neighbouring Myanmar, a government official said Tuesday. Children make up about 60 per cent of the estimated 480,000 Rohingya Muslims who have poured into Bangladesh over the last four weeks to flee persecution in Buddhist-majority Myanmar. Source
  • Former B.C. finance minister Mike de Jong enters Liberal leadership race

    Canada News CTV News
    VICTORIA -- British Columbia's former finance minister Mike de Jong has announced his bid for the provincial Liberal leadership, joining a race that already includes two other past cabinet ministers and the former mayors of B.C. Source
  • Trump to visit Puerto Rico next Tuesday

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump says he'll visit hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico next Tuesday. Trump announced the visit after the administration came under criticism for its response to the damage on the island that is home to more than 3 million U.S. Source
  • NCAA coaches among 10 charged with fraud, corruption

    World News CBC News
    Four college basketball coaches were among those facing federal charges Tuesday in a wide probe of fraud and corruption in the NCAA, authorities said. The coaches were identified in court papers as Chuck Person of Auburn University, Emanuel Richardson of the University of Arizona, Tony Bland of the University of Southern California and Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State. Source
  • Canadian sailors find 'near total devastation' in Dominica after Maria

    Canada News CTV News
    ROSEAU, Dominica - A Canadian warship captain says a small Caribbean island has suffered "near total devastation," and locals are growing increasingly desperate a week after hurricane Maria. Commander Gord Noseworthy says the Halifax-based frigate HMCS St. Source
  • Ontario minor hockey makes transgender training mandatory for coaches

    Canada News CTV News
    Education on transgender athletes is mandatory for all of Ontario's minor hockey coaches, trainers and managers this season, the latest step in a series of changes stemming from a human rights complaint filed by a transgender teen in 2013. Source
  • U.S. interior chief says third of employees not loyal to Trump

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says nearly one-third of employees at his department are not loyal to him and President Donald Trump, and he is working to change the department's regulatory culture to be more business friendly. Source
  • Russia conducts military drills with ICBMs in Siberia

    World News CTV News
    MOSCOW - The Russian military has launched military drills involving intercontinental ballistic missiles in Siberia. The Defence Ministry said Tuesday the manoeuvrs involve the Yars missile launchers along with support vehicles. It said 4,000 troops will be involved. Source
  • U.K. getting 'more realistic' about Brexit but much work to do, EU says

    World News CBC News
    Brexit talks haven't yet made sufficient progress to begin negotiating a new relationship between Britain and the European Union, European Council president Donald Tusk said Tuesday, but he's now "cautiously optimistic" about the way ahead. After meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May, Tusk said he believed Britain had finally abandoned an unrealistic "having a cake and eating it" approach to Brexit. Source