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Burundi generals held over coup bid

Published 16/05/2015

Supporters of Burundian president Pierre Nkurunziza ride on vehicles as they turn out to watch the presidential motorcade arrive (AP)
Supporters of Burundian president Pierre Nkurunziza ride on vehicles as they turn out to watch the presidential motorcade arrive (AP)

Five generals have been arrested for plotting a failed coup attempt against Burundi president Pierre Nkurunziza.

Presidential spokesman Gervais Abayeho said that three army generals and two police generals were arrested yesterday. Three lower-ranking officers and eight soldiers were also arrested.

The coup attempt came as Mr Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in office has triggered turmoil in the central African nation.

After weeks of street protests against Mr Nkurunziza's efforts to stay in power, a general announced the coup on Wednesday. Mr Nkurunziza was in Tanzania attending an emergency regional summit to discuss Burundi's crisis when the attempted coup started but soldiers loyal to the president stopped the rebellion.

Officials said that Mr Nkurunziza had returned to the capital though he has not been seen in public.

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