- Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza on Monday 2nd November, 2015 gave gunmen a five-day deadline to surrender to the government.
- Burundi authorities reported on Monday that eight gunmen were killed and 18 others captured in Burundi after clashes with police outside the capital Bujumbura.
- More than 200 people have been killed in Burundi since violence broke out in April following Nkurunziza bid for another term as president.
Burundi OSINT reports indicated on Monday 2nd November, 2015 that eight gunmen were killed and 18 others captured in Burundi after clashes with police in the country’s rural Nyabiraba district.
Nyabiraba is a stronghold of the National Liberation Forces (FNL), one of the main ethnic Hutu rebel groups during Burundi’s 13-year civil war. The FNL oppose Nkurunziza’s CNDD-FDD ruling party, another Hutu ex-rebel group.
In the aftermath of the ambush, Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza gave gunmen a five-day deadline to lay down arms failure to which they would face consequences.
Those gunmen who chose to surrender under the amnesty will be given two weeks of “civic training” and then be freed with no further punishment.
Burundi risks sliding back into civil war after a dramatic rise in killings, arrests and detentions with over 200 000 refugees fleeing to neighbouring countries.
According to analysts’ summaries, the situation could be raked in the event that anti-government bodies defy the president’s amnesty and instead resort to an organized militia. So far, over 200 people have been killed from both the government and the opposition.