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Burundi under threat from Somali Islamist movement al-Shabab- President Nkurunziza

(By Estera Popowska)

Burundi faces a specific threat from the Somali Islamist movement al-Shabab, Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza has said, BBC reported Sunday.President Nkurunziza said he came to his office to speak on the telephone with the leaders of Kenya and Uganda regarding a specific threat from the Islamist group al-Shabab.

Burundi: 17 arrested in connection with attempt to overthrow President Nkurunziza

(By Estera Popowska)

At least 17 people were arrested on Saturday by Burundi’s government in connection with a failed coup attempt to overthrow President Pierre Nkurunziza. VOA says the arrests included at least three generals and two police commissioners. A presidential spokesman told VOA's Gabe Joselow that the leader of the coup attempt, General Godefroid Niyombare, remained at large. 

Uganda: Tight security in Kampala as suspected Al Shabaab YouTube terror threat goes viral online

(By Estera Popowska)

Following a video allegedly posted by the Al-Shabaab under a YouTube link “the final message of the Kampala warrior” went viral on social media, Uganda’s security agencies are reportedly on high alert.

 Daily Monitor says a statement issued by the Uganda  police read in part that “The Police and its sister security agencies are actively examining the contents and authenticity of a YouTube link the final message of the Kampala warrior.”

Kenya: Vietnamese arrested with rhino horns, lion teeth worth over US $ 120,000

(By Estera Popowska)

Kenyan police on Friday arrested a Vietnam national at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport with rhino horns and lion teeth valued at Sh12 Million or approximately US $ 122,800. 

According to police reports, Mr Vuahn Tuan was heading to Hanoi from Maputo, Mozambique adding that seven pieces of rhino horns, rhino tails and lion teeth all weighing 11.89 Kilograms were found concealed in a polythene bag in his luggage.

Burundi: Over 100,000 people flee over election violence- UN Refugee group

(By Estera Popowska)

Following a failed coup to oust Burundian president Pierre Nkurunziza, thousands of Burundians are fleeing the East African country, the United Nations refugee agency has said in a report. According to VOA, the UNHCR says refugee numbers in Tanzania, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo have soared to more than 105,000 since violence erupted in mid-April.  

Burundi: UN Chief condemns failed Coup, calls for calm and restraint

(By Bonny Apunyu)

The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday condemned Burundi’s failed coup plot and appealed to Burundi’s political and security leaders to “clearly and openly reject the use of violence, refrain from acts of revenge, and rein in their militants,” UN News Centre reported.

Burundi: Fighting erupts between rival troops near state broadcaster

(By Estera Popowska

A day after a top general launched a coup to oust Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza, heavy fighting broke out between rival Burundian troops on Thursday around the state broadcaster, military officials and witnesses said.

According to the Guardian, witnesses said rival factions of the armed forces, divided between supporters of the coup attempt and the president’s loyalists, were exchanging heavy machine gun and rocket fire around the state television and radio complex, which is held by the president’s supporters.

Burundi: Government denies coup, but President still ‘missing’

(By Estera Popowska)

As the Burundian president was in neighboring Tanzania Wednesday for a summit of East African leaders, an army general announced that President Pierre Nkurunziza had been overthrown. However, later Wednesday, Interior minister Edouard Nduwimana said the coup had failed.

VOA says Burundi’s capital, Bujumbura was quiet Wednesday night following an attempted coup, but the whereabouts of President Nkurunziza remain unclear.

Burundi: Army general says President Nkurunziza has been "overthrown"

(By Estera Popowska)

Days after Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza formally declared he will run for a third term in office, a Burundi army general says Mr. Nkurunziza has been "overthrown," Uganda’s Daily Monitor reported Wednesday.

Burundi’s Major General Godefroid Niyombare reportedly said a salvation committee had been set up, but Daily Monitor says the outcome of the coup is unclear.