87 People Found Dead After Attacks In Burundi: Witness

A Burundian army official says 87
people were killed in violence Friday when three military installations were
attacked by armed men.
Army spokesman Col Gaspard
Baratuza said today eight security officers were among those killed and 21
others wounded in the fighting. Baratuza said forces arrested 45 members of the
unidentified group that attacked the military installations.
Residents of Burundi’s capital
said that security forces searched houses and dragged out some people and shot
them, some with their hands tied behind their backs.
The violence is associated with
the disputed third term of President Pierre Nkurunziza, that many Burundians
and the international community have opposed saying it’s unconstitutional.

“I fear I can be killed like my
friend yesterday, police came to search our house and by chance I escaped. If I
had money, I would go buy a passport and flee,” said Fidele Muyobera,22, who
works as household help.
“What is the international
community waiting for? Will they intervene when there are no more people in
Burundi?” asked businessman Gerald Bigirimana in Nyakabiga while pointing at
one of the bodies lying on the streets.
The body of a 14-year-old boy was
found in the Jabe neighborhood, the witness said. James Ntunzwenimana was shot
dead while going to buy sugar, the witness said who spoke on condition of
anonymity because he feared for his safety.
Six more bodies were found in
Musaga, where the military said their installation was attacked, though
residents said more bodies had been taken away by security forces.
Three soldiers were killed in the
pre-dawn raid Friday by an unidentified group in the Ngagara, Musaga and
Mujejuru areas, said two soldiers who insisted on anonymity for fear of
reprisals. The army killed 12 of the attackers and 20 others were arrested,
including one who was wounded and is being treated at a military hospital, army
spokesman Col. Gaspard Baratuza told state radio.

The United States has however
released a statement saying, it is “deeply alarmed” by the violence in
Bujumbura. The U.S. called on neighboring countries to start urgent
negotiations between Burundi’s government and the opposition to defuse the

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