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6 killed in Burundi as nation awaits election results


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A police officer is among six people who were killed in gun battles Wednesday in a part of Burundi's capital Bujumbura that has led protests against the president's third-term bid, Africa Review quoted the police as saying.

The violence comes as Burundi awaits results from elections on Monday that were boycotted by the opposition and widely condemned internationally.According to reports, five of those killed were members of an armed group who were "neutralized", police said, adding they had seized weapons, including a rifle and a rocket-propelled grenade.

Elsewhere in the Burundian capital Wednesday, military parades were reportedly held to mark Burundi's independence day. Burundi has been rocked by two months of protests and a failed coup attempt sparked by President Pierre Nkurunziza's defiant bid for a third term. Africa Review says more than 70 people have been killed in the unrest.