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    Burundi Hit by More Violence Ahead of Peace Talks

    FILE - Suspected fighters are paraded before the media by Burundian police near a recovered cache of weapons after clashes in the capital, Bujumbura, Dec. 12, 2015.
    FILE - Suspected fighters are paraded before the media by Burundian police near a recovered cache of weapons after clashes in the capital, Bujumbura, Dec. 12, 2015.

    Unidentified assailants fired three shells toward the center of Burundi's capital Monday, two days before peace talks between Burundi’s government and opposition are set to start in Tanzania this week.
     
    One of the shells landed a few meters from the offices of Bujumbura's mayor, injuring three people, including a woman who was seriously wounded. Brief panic ensued after the attack.
     
    Tensions running high, violence continues

    Over the weekend, at least three people were killed. Eyewitnesses say that one of them was a young musician murdered by a police officer. Police officials said he was criminal fleeing arrest when he was accidentally gunned down. Authorities have opened an investigation into the incident.

    Bujumbura saw dozens of shootings and bombings during 2015, amid the protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term. The United Nations says at least 400 people have died.

    FILE - Protesters demonstrate against the Republican Forces of Burundi (Forebu) on the beach of Lake Tanganyika near the port of Bujumbura, Dec. 26, 2015.
    FILE - Protesters demonstrate against the Republican Forces of Burundi (Forebu) on the beach of Lake Tanganyika near the port of Bujumbura, Dec. 26, 2015.

    Pierre Nkurikiye, police spokesman for Burundi, said his ministry is asking the public to remain vigilant.
     
    “For those cases of insecurity, the ministry of public security sympathized with the bereaved families and informs the public that each case was followed by a careful investigation that will bring the perpetrators to justice," he said.

    Burundians meanwhile are waiting for negotiations between their government and the opposition to begin on January 6 in Arusha.

    Tension is running high ahead of the talks, as the African Union has said it may deploy up to 5,000 peacekeepers in Burundi. The government has said that if the troops come without permission, they will be attacked.

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    by: ssuuna from: uganda
    January 05, 2016 9:17 AM
    I wonder why people a killing for because of one person who feel like is the only one who can be president for life no one should a president for life we need peace keepers in Burundi UN mast come in to help Burundi AU will do not thing because in Africa most of the presidents they do the some thing Most of the DONALD TRUMP motion their names so we need so maybe Africa need TRUMP to avoid Directorship

    by: Moses608 from: Kenya
    January 05, 2016 6:20 AM
    If no one has not seen it there is a conection between Rwanda and Burundi.Democracy must be allowed to evolve by AU,International community,citizens of both countries and more so the two presidents who wants to stay in power forever.

    by: Laurienne
    January 04, 2016 7:37 PM
    If the AU wants to help to keep peace in Burundi then ideally they shouldn't step a foot in Burundi. The country obviously has not asked for help; so they need to stay out and for once allow an African state to actually deal with its own affairs.
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    by: BK from: Burundi
    January 05, 2016 10:39 AM
    Killing your people is not dealing with ' its own affairs'.

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