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Burundi coup general orders closure of airport, borders as Burundi president flies home after coup attempt

Burundi-coupThe Burundian general who launched a coup Wednesday ordered the closure of Bujumbura airport and land borders, as President Pierre Nkurunziza tried to fly home to his troubled nation from Tanzania. “I order the closure of the airport and border, and I ask every citizen and law enforcement down to the airport to protect it,” General Godefroid Niyombare said in the radio broadcast.

Meanwhile, President Pierre Nkurunziza is flying home to Burundi hours after  General Godefroid Niyombare announced a coup while he was attending a regional crisis meeting in neighbouring Tanzania. “He has left because of the situation prevailing in Burundi,” Tanzanian government spokesman Salva Rweyemamu told AFP, adding that Nkurunziza was heading back to the Burundi capital Bujumbura.


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