Kenya Airways cancels flights to Burundi due to unrest

Kenya Airways has suspended its flights to Bujumbura, Burundi after unknown gunmen launched attack on two military sites in the capital, killing at least eight people on Friday morning.


In a statement, the national carrier said it took drastic action because of the halted operations at the international airport in Burundi.

Kenya Airways
Kenya Airways
“Kenya Airways would like to inform all its guests that flights to Bujumbura, Burundi, today have been cancelled due to halted operations at the international airport,” the statement said.

It said flights KQ 448, KQ 444 and KQ 466 will not operate into Bujumbura International Airport on Friday due to a security incident that has kept all airport personnel away from their work stations.

“Kenya Airways wishes to thank all its guests for their patience and continued support and assure them that their safety is paramount. We remain committed to the integrity of our operations as we aim to bring the World to Africa and Africa to the World. We will keep you updated on any changes,” it added.

The attackers stormed two military bases in Bujumbura, killing eight people in the ensuing gun fight amid explosions in the firefight that begun in the capital at 4am local time.

Reports say at least three soldiers and five of the attackers who were in a civilian clothing were killed in the battle.

Burundi has been in the grips of a political crisis since late April, when President Pierre Nkurunziza was put on the ballot for a controversial third term.

Tensions intensified when he won the July 21 election. More than 100,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries in the weeks ahead of and following the polls. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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