Burundi: 15 killed in attacks of military camps, amid tensions over president's tenure

BUJUMBURA, Burundi -- Burundi's army says 12 members of a group that attacked three military camps in a bid to steal weapons and free prisoners were killed.

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Gunfire and explosions rocked the capital, frightening civilians who hid in their homes.

Military spokesman Col. Gaspard Baratuza told state radio Friday that 20 of the attackers were arrested, including one who was wounded and is receiving treatment at a military hospital. Baratuza says five soldiers were wounded. However, soldiers, who insisted on anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to the media, said three soldiers were killed.

Baratuza said the goal of the assailants was to steal weapons and use them free prisoners. Several hundred people have been imprisoned in Burundi for opposing President Pierre Nkurunziza's election this year to a third term.



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