Burundi: Nkurunziza Issues Warning About Al Shabaab Militants

by on May 17, 2015

Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza has made his first public appearance since an attempted coup last week failed to oust him and warned of the threat posed by Islamist militants from Somalia.

At a media conference Mr Nkurunziza did not directly address the crisis in his country, which started when he said planned to seek a third term in office, but said he was “very preoccupied” by the threat posed by the al-Qaeda linked militant group al Shabaab.

Burundi contributes forces to an African Union peacekeeping mission which has been battling al Shabaab in Somalia. In recent years, the group has attacked Kenya and Uganda, which also provide troops.

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Meanwhile, a leader of a group of Burundian civil society groups, Vital Nshimirimana, said demonstrations against Mr Nkurunziza’s proposed third term bid would resume on Monday.

In a statement he said: “We ask the international community to follow closely the situation in Burundi in order to stop the harsh reprisal against protesters, civil society activists and opposition leaders.”

Source: itv.com

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