The Burundi presidency issued a statement on its twitter account on Wednesday, saying the coup attempt had “failed.”“The situation is under control,” the presidency said, reiterating that “there had been no coup d’etat in Burundi.”
Witnesses told Xinhua that pro-president soldiers gripped control of the state broadcaster and fired warning shots over the heads of protesters.
The presidency said earlier President Pierre Nkurunziza and his high level delegation in Dar-es-Salaam are discussing on how to handle the attempted coup.
Early on Wednesday afternoon, former head of Burundi’s National Intelligence Maj. General Godefroid Niyombare announced that the army had overthrown President Pierre Nkurunziza who is in Tanzania attending a regional summit to discuss the Burundi crisis. Enditem