Gunfire, explosions in Burundi capital amid coup attempt

Gunfire and explosions rang out in Burundi’s capital on Thursday as military forces backing an attempted coup against President Pierre Nkurunziza battled it out with forces loyal to the elected leader. An army general had announced on Wednesday that Nkurunziza was being ousted. The president was in Tanzania at the time for a meeting with regional leaders about a political crisis that has gripped this African nation. His exact whereabouts on Thursday were unknown but in a Twitter post issued by his office on Thursday, Nkurunziza urged the country to remain calm and said the situation is under control.



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