Gunmen attack military bases in Burundi capital

Dozens of people have been killed as two separate attacks took place on the Burundi capital

Gunmen attack military bases in Burundi capital

World Bulletin / News Desk

Military sources in Burundi are reporting an unconfirmed number of deaths and injuries in coordinated attacks which struck three army camps in capital Bujumbura early Friday.

Army sources have reportedly blamed the attacks on opposition groups.

The Burundian military source, who wanted to remain anonymous, told Anadolu Agency that heavy gunfire and blasts broke out in the early hours of Friday morning.

No official figures have been released, however, according to the same source "the death toll will rise".

Camp Muha and Camp Higher Institute of Military (ISCAM), located in southern Bujumbura plus the Camp Ngagara north of the capital, were attacked simultaneously by unidentified, heavily armed men, the source added.

"After several hours of fighting, the attackers were repelled but the situation is still very unclear. Besides the attackers who were neutralized, several soldiers died in the crossfire."

Willy Niyamitwe, communication adviser to President Pierre Nkurunziza, confirmed the attacks on his official Twitter account. However, he alleged that the attacks were aimed at freeing prisoners from Mpimba jail in Bujumbura.

"Camps attacks aimed to create a diversion to allow the escape of prisoners", Niyamitwe wrote.

Burundi has been gripped by instability since April when the ruling party named Nkurunziza -- in power since 2005 -- as its candidate for the presidency.

Many opposition supporters, plus some backers of Nkurunziza, have been killed amid the turmoil.

According to the UN, at least 240 people have been killed in Burundi since the outbreak of the political and security crisis in April 2015.

 

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