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Failed coup in Burundi: Three generals arrested, 'ringleader' remains at large

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By Euronews  with Reuters, AP
Failed coup in Burundi: Three generals arrested, 'ringleader' remains at large

<p>There have been celebrations in Burundi following the arrest of three generals. The group is accused of leading a failed <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2015/05/14/confusion-reigns-in-burundi-over-success-of-coup-attempt/">attempt to overthrow President Pierre Nkurunziza</a>.</p> <p>The president of the central African country had earlier said he would pardon the ringleaders, if they surrendered.</p> <p>Godefroid Niyombaré, former intelligence chief and the general driving the revolt, has surrendered, but remains at large.</p> <p>The president was in neighbouring Tanzania when the coup attempt took place. Upon his return he said the situation was “under control and constitutional order has been protected.”</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr data-scribe-reduced-action-queue=" align="center"><p lang="fr" dir="ltr">Je suis au <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Burundi?src=hash">#Burundi</a>. Je félicite l'armée et la police pour leur patriotisme. Je félicite surtout les burundais pour leur patience.</p>— Pierre Nkurunziza (@PierreNkurunziz) <a href="https://twitter.com/PierreNkurunziz/status/598919770910625792">May 14, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><br /> In this tweet, President Nkurunziza congratulates the police and army and thanks the Burundian people for their patience.</p> <p>Some 20 people died in <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2015/05/13/burundi-journalist-describes-atmosphere-of-joy/">weeks of protests and clashes</a> after Nkurunziza declared he would run for a third term in office, despite the constitution stating a two-term maximum leadership period.</p> <p>The United Nations reports 105,000 people fled the country during the violence.</p> <h3>Failed coup attempt</h3> <p>The country’s Army Chief of Staff, General Prime Niyongabo, announced the putsch had failed, saying 12 people were killed in the process, while 40 surrendered and nine were arrested.</p> <p>For the moment, calm appears to have returned to the capital Bujumbura, despite some calls for fresh demonstrations.</p>