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Burundi says arrests Rwandan soldier

By on March 14, 2016

Burundi police said on Saturday they had detained a man they had identified as a Rwandan soldier and alleged that he was in the country on a mission to “destabilize” Burundi.

A confidential report to the United Nations Security Council earlier this year accused Rwanda of recruiting and training Burundian refugees with the goal of ousting Nkurunziza.

The Rwandan man was arrested close to the border with Tanzania, about 250 km from the Burundian capital of Bujumbura, said police spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye.

Burundi has been in turmoil since last April, when President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a third term sparked weeks of street protests. Rights groups have warned the country could be slipping towards civil war.

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