Burundi’s 12-year civil war, which ended in 2005, had pitted rebel groups of the Hutu majority, including one led by current president Pierre Nkurunziza, against what was then an army led by the Tutsi minority. Night-time gunfire and sporadic blasts have become common in Bujumbura during a crisis set off in April by Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term, which opponents – often known as “Sindumuja” – said violated a deal that ended the civil war. But residents said Friday’s flare-up was much more intense.“Sindumuja tried to attack military camps but they failed,” presidential media adviser Willy Nyamitwe wrote on Twitter, describing the raids as “a diversion” to try to free prisoners.
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Residents said streets were empty and police were out in force at a time when people normally head to work.
The outbreak of violence, the worst since a failed coup in May, is unnerving for a region that remains volatile two decades after the genocide in next-door Rwanda.
Until now, battle lines in Burundi’s crisis have followed the political divide.
But Western powers and regional nations fear old ethnic rifts could reopen.
The Kenyan carrier said there were no personnel to allow them to fly.
But Nyamitwe said the airport was still open despite the cancellations.
Burundi’s political crisis led to the failed coup in May.
Burundian military and police officers inspect a cache of ammunitions recovered from combatants near Lake Tanganyika in the capital Bujumbura, on Thursday.
Photograph: Jean Pierre Aime Harerimana/Reuters Gunmen attacked military sites in Burundi’s capital on Friday and 12 of the assailants were killed while 20 were arrested after heavy fighting, the army said.