Election material burnt in Burundi attack

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Protesters run from tear gas during a demonstration against the Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid to stand for a third term
Protesters run from tear gas during a demonstration against the Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid to stand for a third term
Protesters run from tear gas during a demonstration against the Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid to stand for a third term

Attackers in Burundi set fire to a building storing election material on Saturday, two days ahead of key polls and following weeks of violence over President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid to stay in power.

National electoral commission officials confirmed the attack in the northeast Ntega district, some 200 kilometres (125 miles) from the capital Bujumbura, but there was no indication who was responsible.

Soldiers fired shots at the gang to chase them away, police said.

Two grenades were also hurled overnight Friday in Bujumbura, witnesses said, but unlike a string of similar attacks, no one was hurt. Gunfire was also heard in the capital overnight, as it has been in recent days

Parliamentary and local elections are set to be held in the central African nation on Monday, and a presidential vote on July 15. The opposition on Friday said it was boycotting polls, claiming it is not possible to hold a fair vote.

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