4 people killed in Burundi protests

Eyewitnesses told The Anadolu Agency that a member of Burundi's ruling party had been burnt alive by angry anti-government protesters during the clashes in the capital Bujumbura

4 people killed in Burundi protests

World Bulletin / News Desk

 Four people were killed in Thursday clashes between opposition protesters and Burundian security forces – backed by members of the ruling party's youth wing – in capital Bujumbura, according to local sources.

Clashes erupted Thursday between Burundian security forces and supporters of President Pierre Nkurinziza on one hand and the latter's opponents on the other, local sources have said.

Eyewitnesses told The Anadolu Agency that a member of Burundi's ruling party had been burnt alive by angry anti-government protesters during the clashes in the capital Bujumbura.

A source from Burundi's Red Cross organization, meanwhile, told AA that an opposition protester had been killed and nine others injured after renewed clashes erupted between protesters and security forces, the latter of whom were backed up by members of the ruling party's youth wing.

Two other protesters were killed after grenades were hurled by Nkurinziza supporters at an opposition protest, eyewitnesses said.

Witnesses told AA that the clashes had broken out after a pro-Nkurinziza protester threw a hand grenade at a group of demonstrators, after which security forces began firing live ammunition into the crowd.

The Burundian government, for its part, has yet to comment on the incidents.

 

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