Scores of dead bodies litter the streets of Bujumbura, a day after heavy fighting engulfed Burundi’s capital. Jillian Kitchener reports.
The sound of mourning…
A day after nearly 90 people were killed in clashes in Burundi’s capital.
The army says gunmen had attacked three military sites in Bujumbura, which accounted for the worst outbreak of violence Burundi has seen since a failed coup in May.
But residents say some people were killed after being rounded up by the police in house-to-house searches, an allegation denied by police.
Army spokesman Gaspard Baratuza says the “sweep operation” was finished yesterday and confirmed fatalities on both sides after the heavy fighting. He says officials confiscated weapons and ammunition.
Also on the ground, scores of dead bodies…
Violence has flared in Burundi since April, when President Pierre Nkurunziza announced plans for a third term in office.
And some Western powers fear the country could slide back into civil war.