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AU: Crisis in Burundi is of great concern

16 December 2015, 07:01

Addis Ababa - The African Union says a team sent to investigate the ongoing crisis in Burundi received reports of torture, arbitrary killings, targeted assassinations and detentions which are of "great concern."

A delegation of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights said in a statement on Tuesday that an attack Friday of three military facilities by an unidentified group that left at least 87 people dead, has led to an escalation of violence and human rights violations.

Also Read: 28, including ex-minister charged for attempted coup in Burundi

Burundi has been in turmoil since President Pierre Nkurunziza sought re-election in April despite a two- term limit imposed by the constitution. The April announcement of Nkurunziza's candidacy sparked street protests that boiled over into an attempted coup in May.

Nkurunziza was re-elected in July, but the violence has since increased.

- AP


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