Twenty-six people have been killed and a further seven injured in Burundi’s rural northwestern province of Cibitoke, during an attack carried out by a “terrorist group”, according to the country’s security minister.
Police in Burundi say they have arrested eight people for planning attacks to disrupt next month’s constitutional referendum that could allow Pierre Nkurunziza to maintain power until 2034.
Police in Burundi are forcing people to enrol ahead of a national referendum on making changes to the constitution that would allow President Pierre Nkurunziza to run for a fourth term in power, according to opposition groups in the country.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has criticised Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza’s plans to run for a fourth term in power.
In April 2015, Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza announced that he would run for a third term in power. The news rocked the East African country, sparking a civil conflict that’s displaced more than 400,000 Burundians and killed hundreds. The past
The Burundian government has approved changes to the country’s constitution that could allow President Pierre Nkurunziza to extend his reign over the troubled nation for another 14 years.
One of Burundi’s leading rebel groups has promised to step up attacks against the country’s government.
Burundi’s rapid decline into political crisis in 2015 is one of the region’s darkest stories since the turn of the century. Experts warn the country could plunge into an ethnic conflict similar to the horrors of neighbouring Rwanda in 1994,