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5 killed by Gunmen in Burundi Bar Attack

Gunmen in trench coats burst into a bar firing at drinkers in Burundi’s capital Bujumbura killing five, police said, the latest in a string of attacks in the troubled country.

Burundi has been under tension since President Pierre Nkurunziza announced bid to run for another term.

Four civilians and a soldier were killed and three others were wounded in the shooting late on Thursday.

“A group of four armed criminals wearing long coats entered... they started shooting at customers,” police spokesman Moise Nkurunziza said.

Hundreds have been killed and a quarter of a million people have fled Burundi since President Pierre Nkurunziza’s controversial decision last April to run for a third term, a vote he won amid opposition boycotts in July.

The latest efforts to hold talks between rival factions are due to open on Monday in the Tanzanian town of Arusha.

By Robert Muriisa.

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