Burundi president loyalists say coup failed amid sporadic shooting




 
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May 14th, 2015  
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By Patrick Nduwimana and Goran Tomasevic BUJUMBURA (Reuters) - The head of Burundi's army said on Thursday that an attempted coup had failed and forces loyal to President Pierre Nkurunziza were in control, but bursts of gunfire in the capital through the day suggested the battle for power was not yet over. Army Chief of Staff General Prime Niyongabo's announcement came a day after another general said he had sacked Nkurunziza for seeking an unconstitutional third term in office, developments that have alarmed neighbouring governments.




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