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Burundi President Says Coup Plot Uncovered


Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza says intelligence officials have uncovered a plot to overthrow his government.

State-owned radio quoted Mr. Nkurunziza Tuesday as saying the plot included three civilians, three military officers, and at least two policemen.

He declined to identify the suspects, but said they had been holding secret meetings inside the country and abroad. He said the government had recordings of some of their conversations.

Last year, Mr. Nkurunziza became Burundi's first democratically elected president since the start of civil war in 1993.

A U.N.-backed peace process helped end fighting between Hutu rebels and the politically dominant Tutsi minority after 300,000 people died.

One rebel group has refused to sign a peace deal with the government and continues to wage attacks in the central African nation.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.
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