Burundi’s police uncover arms cache in capital

Police on Monday uncovered an arms cache in Nyakabiga in the Burundian capital Bujumbura, one of the neighborhoods that held protests against Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza's third term bid in April, police sources have said.

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“Thanks to information provided by some citizens, police agents discovered an arms cache in Nyakabiga in a compound hosting a school run by the Anglican Church. The arms were wrapped in a police waterproof jacket,” said Burundian Police Deputy-Spokesman Moise Nkurunziza.

BurundiAccording to him, the unearthed arms include four guns, five chargers and several ammunitions as well as a police waterproof jacket.

“We thank citizens who gave us the information about the arms that were hidden in that place and we urge people still keeping illegally arms in their homes to hand over them to security forces because they are dangerous,” said Nkurunziza.

Despite an ultimatum by Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza, earlier this month, for a forced disarmament of civilians illegally keeping arms, detonations of grenades and gunfire have often been heard in various neighborhoods of the east African country’s capital Bujumbura.

President Nkurunziza’s third term bid in April and his controversial re-election in July have caused the death of more than 240 and forced more than 200,000 citizens into exile in neighboring countries, namely in Tanzania, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo). Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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