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One dead as fresh violence rocks Burundi capital

One dead as fresh violence rocks Burundi capital


Gunfire and explosions have rocked several parts of Burundi’s capital leaving at least one person dead, a few hours after the UN Security Council delegation arrived in the country.

Security forces in the country shot dead a young man following an explosion at the Mutakura area.

Another person sustained gun shot wounds in the same area.

The UN body is in the country to push for an end to months of political unrest in the country, which has resulted in the death of more than 400 people and the displacement of 200,000 others.

Hundreds of protesters however took to the streets to express their resentment to the council, over what they described as interference in Burundi’s domestic affairs.

The council hopes to persuade President Pierre Nkurunziza, to agree to the African Union proposition of deploying 5,000 peacekeepers, in a bid to end the deadly violence in the East African country.

Mr Nkuruzinza has however rejected the proposal and said that the country would fight them back.

Violence in the country has worsened since President Nkurunziza won a disputed election in July last year.