Several Burundi troops killed outside TV building – Fikrikadim

Several Burundi troops killed outside TV building

Earlier in the day, fighting broke out between two Burundian army factions for control of the national radio and television building in capital Bujumbura.burundi_troops-jpg20150514211658

Several Burundian army troops were killed on Thursday when fierce fighting broke out for control of Bujumbura’s national radio and television building, a military source has said.

“It is still not clear whether the dead soldiers were supporters or opponents of President Pierre Nkurunziza,” the source told Anadolu Agency.

Nor could he provide the exact number of soldiers killed in the fighting.

Earlier in the day, fighting broke out between two Burundian army factions for control of the national radio and television building in capital Bujumbura.

The building, an important national symbol, remains under the control of supporters of incumbent President Pierre Nkurunziza, according to eyewitnesses.

On Thursday, another army faction – which supports Wednesday’s coup attempt against Nkurunziza – mounted an attack on the building.

The attack came shortly after state radio broadcast an address by Nkurunziza in which he called on leaders of the coup attempt to hand themselves over to the authorities.

Eyewitnesses said heavy weapons were used in the showdown between pro- and anti-Nkurunziza army forces outside the strategic building.

Earlier Thursday, state radio reported that the coup attempt – led by former intelligence chief Godefroid Niyombare – had failed.

Anadolu Agency could not immediately obtain information regarding material damage caused by the fighting.

Thursday’s clashes were the fiercest since Wednesday’s coup attempt, according to security sources.

On Thursday, Nkurunziza – who has been prevented from returning to Burundi from Tanzania – said on Twitter that the situation was “under control” and that his country’s constitution remained sacrosanct.

Burundi has remained in chaos since April 26, when anti-Nkurunziza demonstrators took to the streets to protest the president’s plan to seek a third term in office.

The country’s opposition says Nkurunziza does not have the right to seek a third term, citing Burundi’s constitution, which limits the number of terms a president can serve to two.

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