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Burundi: 3 leaders of failed coup against President Nkurunziza arrested


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A Burundian Presidential spokesperson has told reporters that three leaders of a failed coup against Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza have been arrested, BBC reported Friday saying coup leader Gen Godefroid Niyombare is "still on the run".

Earlier, Gen Niyombare reportedly told the AFP news agency that he and his followers were going to surrender, adding: "I hope they won't kill us". BBC says the Burundian President has tweeted he is back home from Tanzania when the coup attempt against his bid to seek a third term was launched. Mr. Nkurunziza is expected to make a national address.

On Wednesday, a Burundi army general said President Nkurunziza had been "overthrown," days after Mr. Nkurunziza formally declared he will run for a third term in office.

Burundi’s Major General Godefroid Niyombare reportedly said a salvation committee had been set up to accomplish the mission. According to reports, thousands of Burundians who have been protesting against the president’s third term presidential bid celebrated in the Burundian capital, Bujumbura.

However, later Wednesday, Interior minister Edouard Nduwimana said the coup had failed. VOA reported that Burundi’s capital, Bujumbura was quiet Wednesday night following an attempted coup, but the whereabouts of President Nkurunziza remain unclear (Agencies)