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Burundi attempted coup 'foiled'

Published 13/05/2015

Burundi's capital has quietened after a tumultuous day in which thousands of people celebrated an attempted coup against President Pierre Nkurunziza.

Mr Nkurunziza was in neighbouring Tanzania for a summit meeting on his country's troubles, but his office said the coup attempt was unsuccessful, posting a statement on the president's Twitter and Facebook accounts.

"A group of soldiers mutinied this morning and made a fantasy declaration of a coup d'etat," said the statement.

"This attempted coup was foiled and these people ... are sought by defence and security forces so they are brought to justice."

Earlier in the day police withdrew from the streets of Bujumbura, the capital, after an army general announced that Mr Nkurunziza had been relieved of his duties as president.

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