Burundi coup leader on the run: police

May 15, 2015 7:35 am
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Officials in the president's office said President Pierre Nkurunziza has returned to the capital Bujumbura and will address the nation on Friday/FILE
Officials in the president’s office said President Pierre Nkurunziza has returned to the capital Bujumbura and will address the nation on Friday/FILE
BUJUMBURA, Burundi, May 15 – The leader of coup attempt in Burundi, General Godefroid Niyombare, has gone on the run after escaping capture by troops loyal to the central African nation’s president, a senior police official told AFP Friday.

“General Niyombare has evaded us but we know where he is hiding,” the official said, adding he was believed to have fled to a southern district of the capital Bujumbura.

Niyombare had earlier Friday told AFP by telephone he was surrendering and that loyalist troops were closing in on him.

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