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Summary

  1. Burundi generals launch coup bid
  2. Presidency says it remains in control
  3. Thousands celebrate reports of coup in Bujumbura
  4. Pro-coup soldiers advance on city centre, police flee
  5. Regional leaders condemn coup attempt

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By Hugo Williams and Farouk Chothia

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We leave you with this photo of police on duty in Tanzania's main city Dar es Salaam as regional leaders met to discuss the deepening crisis in Burundi:

Tanzanian police wait for delegates to arrive at the State House in Dar es Salaam on 13 May 2015
AFP

Airport 'lights off'

Radio France International's Sonia Rolley in Burundi's capital Bujumbura

tweets that the lights are off at the airport where the president's plane is due to land, and that demonstrators have left the road to the airport at the request of soldiers.

Nkurunziza off to Uganda?

The BBC team in Burundi says that the privately owned Radio Bonesha is reporting that President Pierre Nkurunziza is headed to Uganda because he cannot land in Burundi.

There is no independent confirmation of the report.

Mr Nkurunziza was in Tanzania earlier today for talks with regional leaders, when army general Godefroid Niyombare announced that he had been overthrown.

Guide to Burundi

A coup bid has been launched against Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza. A general who had been sacked as intelligence chief declared that the president had been ousted amid protests against his bid for a third term in June's elections. The presidency says the coup attempt has failed.

BBC News has this guide to Burundi's recent past - in under 50 seconds.

map of africa
BBC

Burundi 'very fluid'

The situation in Burundi is "very fluid", UN chief Ban Ki-moon's spokesman has said.

Mr Ban is closely following developments in the country, Stephane Dujarric added.

A Burundian army general has said Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza has been overthrown. The government denies this.

UN Burundi appeal

UN chief Ban Ki-moon calls on all parties in Burundi to show calm and restraint, his spokesman says.

Earlier an army general said that President Pierre Nkurunziza had been overthrown. The government says the president is still in charge.

Loyalists 'control ' Burundi presidency

Troops loyal to Burundi's leader Pierre Nkurunziza are still in control of the presidential palace, state broadcaster and other key institutions, the AFP news agency reports.

Earlier, army general Godefroid Niyombare announced on private radio that he had overthrown Mr Nkurunziza.

People celebrate in Bujumbura 13 May 2015
AFP
Residents have been celebrating reports of a coup

Burundi celebrations

Photos are coming in from Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, of people celebrating following the declaration of a coup by army general Godefroid Niyombare:

A man holding a Burundi's flag stands on a tank as people take to the streets to celebrate, waving branches, beeping car horns and parading through Bujumbura on 13 May 015
AFP

Celebrations are going on despite the fact that the government says the coup has failed:

People take to the streets to celebrate, waving branches, beeping car horns and parading through Bujumbura on 13 May 2015
AFP
Men on a vehicle celebrate as people take the streets, waving branches, beeping car horns and parading through Bujumbura on 13 May 2015
AFP

Burundi reaction

Auguste, a young entrepreneur in Burundi's capital Bujumbura, has told BBC World Have Your Say that he was happy when he heard about the attempted coup:

"What went through my mind today? That finally I was free. Burundians have reclaimed their dignity. We are not slaves.

"Nkurunziza had to go. We were tired of his leadership."

Nkurunziza 'to speak'

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza will address the nation when he returns from Tanzania, his spokesman Willy Nyamitwe has told the BBC.

Coup-plotter Gen Godefroid Niyombare has launched a bid to prevent Mr Nkurunziza from returning.

"I order the closure of the airport and border and I ask every citizen and law enforcement down to the airport to protect it," he said in a radio broadcast in Burundi, the AFP news agency reports.

Nkurunziza 'flies back'

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza is flying back home, Tanzania's government spokesman Salva Rweyemamu has confirmed to the AFP news agency.

"He has left because of the situation prevailing in Burundi," Mr Rweyemamu added.

Pierre Nkurunziza
AFP
Mr Nkurunziza has been in power for a decade

'Secure the airport'

Burundi's coup bid leader Gen Godefroid Niyombare has ordered troops loyal to him to secure the airport in the capital, Bujumbura,

tweets RFI reporter Daniel Finnan.

Burundi soldiers 'celebrate'

Here's a photo from Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, of soldiers celebrating a coup declaration:

Burundi army soldier riding in an armoured vehicle raises his gun in the air as he joins demonstrators celebrating what they perceive to be an attempted military coup d"etat, in the capital Bujumbura, Burundi Wednesday, 13 May 2015
AP

'Respect law' in Burundi

@MEsipisu

Kenya's presidential spokesman Manoah Esipisu has

tweeted that regional leaders want to ensure that "respect for the rule of law endures" in Burundi after an army general announced that President Pierre Nkurunziza had been overthrown.

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta and other East African leaders were in Tanzania to discuss the Burundian crisis, when the coup declaration was made in Burundi's capital, Bujumbura.

Mr Nkurunziza was also at the talks.

Uhuru Kenyatta (C) in Tanzania on 13 May 2015
AFP
Mr Kenyatta (C) was in Tanzania for crisis talks

BreakingBreaking News

Anne Soy

BBC Africa, Dar es Salaam

The East African Community "condemns the coup in Burundi" and calls for a return to constitutional order, says EAC chairman and Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, addressing media at State House in Dar es Salaam.

Burundi presidency statement

A new statement has been posted on

the Facebook page of the Burundian presidency, posted at 14:20 GMT (translated from French):

"It is with regret that we have learned that a group of soldiers rebelled this morning and made a fake declaration about a coup. The Presidency of the Republic wants the public opinion both in Burundi and abroad to know that this coup attempt has been stopped and that the people who read that statement on private local radio are being sought by the defence and security forces so that they are brought to justice. The Presidency of the Republic is asking the people of Burundi as well as foreigners to keep calm. Everything is being done to maintain security across the national territory."

Burundi coup bid leader

Here is what we know about Gen Godefroid Niyombare, the 46-year-old coup bid leader, who was once an ally of Burundi's President Pierre Nkrunziza:

  • Former rebel CNDD-FDD commander
  • First ethnic Hutu army chief - a significant step in reconciliation efforts
  • A negotiator in peace talks with last rebel group FNL
  • Oversaw Burundi's deployment to Somalia as part of African force
  • Served as an ambassador to Kenya
  • Dismissed as intelligence chief in February, three months after his appointment
  • His dismissal came days after he advised against the third-term bid

Tanks on the streets

The BBC's Maxime Le Hegarat has sent photos from Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, of a group of soldiers in tanks driving towards the city centre, flanked by large crowds of demonstrators.

a protester rides on a tank in bujumbura
BBC

He says that police have been fleeing as the crowds advance.

a tank rolls down the main road in Bujumbura
BBC

Jailbreak in Burundi

Ruth Nesoba

BBC Africa, Bujumbura

Protesters who had been detained in recent demonstrations have been freed from the national prison in Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, after people broke into the jail, according to a BBC colleague at the scene.

Those involved also set fire to the jail.

Loyalist forces 'in charge'

Burundi's presidential spokesman Willy Nyamitwe has told the BBC that forces loyal to President Pierre Nkurunziza are are still in control.

General Godefroid Niyombare and his allies were being sought by the security forces, he said. The office of president ordered all Burundians and foreigners to keep calm, he said.

More than 95% of country is normal and quiet, Mr Nyamitwe added.

"I'm not worried about my own safety because the loyalist forces are in full control. "

He said that he believes President Nkurunziza is on his way home from Tanzania.

Army talks

Maud Jullien

BBC Africa, Bujumbura

Soldiers loyal to Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza and soldiers supporting the attempted coup by an army general are now negotiating.

Burundi radio back on air

A popular radio station in Burundi is back on air, delivering a message from the army general who launched a coup attempt, the AFP news agency reports.

African Public Radio had been shut down by the government after protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's re-election bid began last month.

Burundi 'thumbs up'

Karen Allen

BBC News, Nairobi

I have just spoken to an eyewitness in Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, who told me that thousands are moving to Independence Square. Police are watching on the sidelines and some soldiers are giving the thumbs up sign to protesters, he said.

In some quarters on the edges of Bujumbura some protesters have been held up at checkpoints and are being prevented from moving into the city by security forces, according to the eyewitness.

People celebrate in a street in Bujumbura, Burundi, 13 May 2015
Reuters
People have been celebrating since a coup declaration was made

More Burundi photos

Here are photos from Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, as people celebrate a coup declaration:

Protesters in Burundi 13 May 2015
BBC's Cyriac Muhawenayo
Protesters in Burundi 13 May 2015
BBC's Cyriac Muhawenayo
Protesters in Burundi 13 May 2015
BBC's Cyriac Muhawenayo

Burundi police 'disappear'

Police have vanished from the streets of Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, the Associated Press news agency reports.

It says that thousands of people are celebrating a coup attempt against President Pierre Nkurunziza, who is in neighbouring Tanzania.

Police officers detain a man during a protest in Bujumbura on 13 May 2015
AFP
Police are seen to be loyal to Mr Nkurunziza

'Situation under control'

@BdiPresidence

Burundi's presidency has

tweeted (in French) that the "situation is under control" and there is "no coup".

Earlier, army general Godefroid Niyombareh said President Pierre Nkurunziza has been overthrown.

Mr Nkurunziza is in Tanzania for talks with regional leaders.

Photos from Burundi

Here are photos of protesters in Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, on the day an army general announced a coup:

Demonstrators take part in a protest in Bujumbura on 13 May 2015
AFP

Protesters were on the streets while President Pierre Nkurunziza was in Tanzania for talks with regional leaders:

Demonstrators take part in a protest in Bujumbura on May 13, 2015
AFP

Burundi coup de theatre?

@Melaniegouby

Amid claims by an army general that Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza has been overthrown, journalist Melanie Gouby

tweets from the capital Bujumbura: "People seems to think this is over. Will the army and police follow? Is this a coup d'état or just a coup de theatre?"

Burundi 'coup fails'

The AFP news agency is reporting that Burundi's presidency says the coup attempt has failed.

'Coup announcement'

Here's the statement by Burundi's Maj Gen Godefroid Niyombareh, announcing a coup.

"The masses have decided to take into their own hands the destiny of the nation to remedy this unconstitutional environment into which Burundi has been plunged.

"The masses vigorously and tenaciously reject President Nkurunziza's third term mandate in accordance with the constitution and the Arusha Accord. President Pierre Nkurunziza has been relieved of his duties. The government is overthrown."

Protesters reach radio station

Sonia Rolley, the Radio France International reporter in Burundi,

tweets that hundreds of demonstrators have gathered near the national radio station, where they have been blocked by soldiers. Gunshots are still ringing out.

Fatalities in Burundi

Maud Jullien

BBC Africa, Bujumbura

At least three people have been killed on the streets of Kabondo district in Burundi's capital Bujumbura.

It is unclear how they were killed.

There is heavy gunfire as protesters, escorted by the army, head to the city centre following a coup declaration.

Shooting around radio station

Soldiers loyal to the Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza have been firing shots to protect the national radio station,

tweets Le Monde Africa bureau chief Jean Philippe Remy from the capital Bujumbura.

'Loyalists' control state radio

Sonia Rolley, the Radio France International reporter in Burundi,

tweets that the national radio station RTNB is still under the control of forces loyal to President Nkurunziza.

burundi protesters
BBC
Thousands of people are now marching in Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, under military escort.

'Coup' statements broadcast

BBC Monitoring

Two private radio stations in Burundi have broadcast statements by army general Godefroid Niyombareh, saying that President Pierre Nkurunziza's government has been "dissolved".

The general, who was sacked as spy chief in February, accused the president of arrogance and disregarding the international community.

Mr Nkuruniza is currently in Tanzania.

Internet shut in Burundi

The internet has been disabled in Burundi amid a coup declaration by an army general, the BBC's Ruth Nesoba reports from the capital, Bujumbura.

'Army escort' in Burundi

Maud Jullien

BBC Africa, Bujumbura

Thousands of people are marching in Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, under military escort.

It comes amid a statement by an army general that senior officers are "dismissing" President Pierre Nkurunziza.

BreakingBreaking News

An army general in Burundi says he no longer recognises President Pierre Nkurunziza as the country's leader.

Godefroid Niyombareh told reporters in the capital, Bujumubura, that a national salvation committee has been set up to run the country.

Fleeing to Somalia

@MOALIMUU

More than 1,000 Somalis who fled conflict in Yemen have arrived at Bossaso port in north-eastern Somalia, the BBC's Mohamed Mualimu

tweets.