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Fighting rages in Burundi

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 00:50

Gunfire echoes through the Burundi capital amid confusion over whether or not a military coup has been thwarted. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Sporadic gunfire was heard in the centre of the Burundi capital of Bujumbura on Thursday (May 14), a day after a general said he had deposed President Pierre Nkurunziza for seeking an unconstitutional third term in office, There was also heavy gunfire near the national radio and television station. The head of Burundi's army said on Thursday that an attempted coup had failed and forces loyal to Nkurunziza were in control. An eyewitness told Reuters two private radio stations and a television station were attacked by unknown men in police uniforms. The two stations were among those that carried Major General Godefroid Niyombare's announcement on Wednesday that he had sacked Nkurunziza. Neither Niyombare nor his spokespeople were immediately available to comment. With President Nkurunziza in Tanzania to discuss the crisis with East African leaders on Wednesday (May 13), the presidency dismissed the declaration by Niyombare, who was fired as Nkurunziza's intelligence chief in February, saying on Facebook that the coup had been "foiled". Late on Wednesday night, Nkurunziza's whereabouts were unclear.

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Fighting rages in Burundi

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 00:50