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Burundi violence: 87 people killed at military installations

Men carry away a dead body in the Nyakabiga neighborhood of Bujumbura, Burundi, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015. Burundi's political violence continued Saturday as a number of people were found shot dead in the Nyakabiga neighborhood of the capital.
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A Burundian army official says 87 people were killed in violence Friday when three military installations were attacked by armed men.

Army spokesman Col. Gaspard Baratuza said Saturday eight security officers were among those killed and 21 others were wounded in the fighting. Baratuza said forces arrested 45 members of the unidentified group that attacked the military installations.

Residents of Burundi’s capital said security forces searched houses and dragged out some people and shot them, some with their hands tied behind their backs.

The violence is associated with the disputed third term of President Pierre Nkurunziza, which many Burundians and the international community have opposed, saying it’s unconstitutional.