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Seven killed in Burundi

By on December 10, 2015

At least seven people were killed in Burundi’s capital Bujumbura during a night of violence in flashpoint districts where months of protests took place against President Pierre Nkurunziza, police and witnesses said.

Residents said police shot and killed five men in the Cibitoke district after house-to-house searches in the early hours of Wednesday, when gunfire could be heard echoing around Bujumbura.

Administrative offices for Bujumbura city hall in another area were also attacked overnight by unknown men in police uniforms, leading to the deaths of a policeman and a civilian.

Civil society groups say more than 240 people have been killed since the unrest began in April after Nkurunziza said he would seek a third term in office. He won a disputed election in July.

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