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Burundi radio, TV stations attacked by president’s loyalists

Burundi soldiers take charge of the streets/FILE

Burundi soldiers take charge of the streets/FILE

BURUNDI, May 14 – Supporters of Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza carried out attacks against independent media broadcasters in the capital Thursday, the day after a top general used a private radio station to launch a coup attempt, media workers said.

The influential African Public Radio (RPA) station, which was shut down during weeks of protests against the president and reopened after the coup attempt, was hit by a rocket and was ablaze, witnesses said.

Media boss and rights activist Innocent Muhozi, whose independent TV station was also attacked, said the raids were carried out by pro-Nkurunziza police and ruling party youth.

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