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Dozen killed in fresh Burundi protests

Dozen killed in fresh Burundi protests

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NAIROBI: At least a dozen civilians have been killed in weekend clashes between police and anti-government protesters in the Burundi capital Bujumbura, sources told AFP Sunday. The deadly clashes are the latest in months of unrest triggered by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s successful bid to win a third term in office, a move opponents said was against the law and the terms of a peace deal that ended a 13-year civil war in 2006. “The clashes started at noon on  Saturday,” said deputy police spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye, who blamed “armed criminals” for attacking his officers in Mutakura, a northern suburb. “Two of the assailants were killed and two policemen injured,” said Nkurikiye. But witnesses told AFP that Saturday’s clashes were more widespread, and more deadly.     —AFP