The General announced the overthrow of the Burundi government a few hours after the president let for Tanzania.
Major General Godefroid Niyombare served as the intelligence chief of Burundi and also as an ambassador to Kenya.
The coup was announced mid-afternoon Wednesday . The president was away in Tanzania attending a East African summit meeting about the situation in Burundi.
Soldiers have been deployed in the capital Bujumbura. Some have taken control of key installations.
OSINT reports show that the country has been cut off from the internet.
The President has not made any statement with regard to the coup attempt.