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  1. Burundi state radio back on air with loyalists in control
  2. At least five killed in fighting around state broadcaster offices
  3. Most private radio stations off air
  4. Main airport reportedly reopens under loyalist control
  5. Whereabouts of President Nkurunziza unclear
  6. President calls for Burundians to "stay calm"

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That's all from the BBC Africa Live page today.

Thursday's African proverb is: "Wisdom is like hair, everyone has their own." Swahili wisdom sent by Bruno Onindo in Canada and Winnie Muthoni and Tez Lore in Kenya.

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And we leave you with this photograph of a loyalist soldier in Burundi's capital, where there has been fighting between rival army factions today. It appears those supporting President Pierre Nkurunziza have the upper hand. Go to keep up to date with developments in Burundi.

A loyalist soldier in Bujumbura, Burundi

Burundi army 'mopping up'

The BBC's Maud Jullien has

tweeted that the army chief of staff Prime Niyongabo says an unknown number of coup supporters are hiding near the Muha military base in the capital, Bujumbura, and mopping up operations will start tomorrow.

Burundi news site closes

Iwacu screen grab

Burundi's respected Iwacu news website says it will not be publishing any more stories at the moment.

In a message on the

site's front page Iwacu's director says (in French): "For security reasons, Iwacu Press is not in a position to work freely. Iwacu is forced to temporarily stop its publications."

Dampening weather in Bujumbura?

Al-Jazeera reporter in Burundi tweets...

Thunderstorm, heavy rain in #Bujumbura. I hope that means no fighting so we can sleep tonight #Burundi

Burundi fighting fallout

These photos of military vehicles destroyed in today's fighting in Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, have been sent to the BBC by pro-government activist Nubwacu Yves Lionel.

A destroyed army vehicle in Bujumbura
Nubwacu Yves Lionel
A destroyed army vehicle in Bujumbura
Nubwacu Yves Lionel

Rival army factions were fighting in the city today - and forces loyal to President Nkurunziza now seem to have the upper hand.

The BBC's Maud Jullien in Bujumbura says that at least five soldiers died in the fighting today.

Crosses in Bujumbura

Some photos are coming in of the streets today in Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, where loyalists forces appear to be in control.

Earlier some protesters in a northern district of the city erected barricades to protect themselves from police:

Civilian jumps over a burning barricade of rocks erected by residents to protect themselves from police, in a northern district of the capital Bujumbura, in Burundi Thursday 14 May 2015

Here civilians carry crosses as a sign of impartiality:

A civilian carries a Christian cross as a sign of impartiality as he and others walk down a major road in the capital Bujumbura, in Burundi Thursday, 14 May 2015

Burundi leader 'safe'

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza is "safe and sound", his spokesman Willy Nyamitwe has told the the BBC.

But he said for security reasons he could not divulge the president's current location.

Live from Burundi

The BBC's Maud Jullien will be reporting live with the latest from Bujumbura for our Focus on Africa TV programme.

Presenter Peter Okwoche will be also looking at the conversations you are having on social media - BBC World News at 17:30 GMT.

Police forces patrol on a deserted major road in the capital Bujumbura, in Burundi Thursday, May 14, 201
Police forces patrolling a deserted road today

'Surrendered weapons' in Burundi

Maud Jullien

BBC Africa, Bujumbura

We have visited the Bujumbura offices of Burundi's state broadcaster RTBN, where loyalists soldiers seem to be in control after the heavy fighting with coup supporters earlier today.

They showed us about 10 coup supporters, who they say had surrendered their weapons:

Guns on display outside national state broadcaster in Bujumbura, Burundi - 14 May 2015

We also saw two dead soldiers, both alleged coup supporters, on a destroyed tank. At least five soldiers have died in the fighting today.

Whilst we were there, about 30 minutes ago, we could still hear sporadic gunfire.

Zuma defends SA police raids

Milton Nkosi

BBC News, Johannesburg

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has defended the police and army raids which have been criticised for targeting foreign nationals.

He said in parliament that the "operation is aimed at ensuring that traders [are operating] legally. [The police] are also targeting trade in contraband".

The president added that "the government will not tolerate illegal immigrants. All people must be here legally... Like everywhere else the laws of the country must be respected".

Members of the South African Police detain a foreign national in downtown Johannesburg
There has been some criticism that police and army raids are unfairly targeting foreigners

Nkurunziza 'not in Tanzania'

Anne Soy

BBC Africa, Dar es Salaam

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza flew out of Tanzania yesterday and he is not in the East African nation now, Salvator Rweyemamu, spokesperson for the Tanzanian president, has said.

He could not confirm whether or not he was able to land in Burundi on Wednesday evening, but said that he did not return to Tanzania.

This is contrary to other sources in Dar es Salaam that point to him still being here, including a government source last night.

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza (C) is escorted on his way to the Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
President Nkurunziza is pictured here on his way to the airport in Dar es Salaam, but it is not clear where he is now

Zimbabwe cricket confusion

Confusion surrounds Zimbabwe's cricket tour to Pakistan, where

fixtures were to be played from 22-31 May.

Fifteen minutes after issuing a press release saying the tour was suspended, Zimbabwe Cricket now says: "Discussions are still ongoing."

Zimbabwe cricket team in New Zealand
Getty Images
There have been security concerns for the Zimbabwean team

Bujumbura's day

Ruth Nesoba

BBC Africa, Bujumbura

It is quiet in the streets in the centre of Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, at the moment, and I can see that some people have ventured out on to the streets.

In the morning we woke up to the news that the loyalists had launched an attack on private radio stations, which were taken off air, and then there was a struggle between rival factions in the army over control of the national broadcaster.

The TV is not on air, but radio is playing Kirundi music. The broadcasts have been on and off, at one point we had reports that people who had led the attempted coup had gained control of it, but later there were reports that the loyalists were still in control.

There is no confirmation about the whereabouts of the attempted coup leader Maj Gen Godefroid Niyombare, and we have not heard from him since his announcement of a coup on private radio on Wednesday.

A soldier, loyal to President Pierre Nkurunziza, smiles as he holds a RPG
Soldiers loyal to the president have been pictured on the streets of Bujumbura

CAR child soldiers freed

More than 300 children have been released by rival armed groups in the Central African Republic,

according to the UN children's agency.

The 357 children, many under 12 years old, were freed near the town of Bambari by mainly Christian anti-Balaka militias and the mostly Muslim ex-Seleka armed group following a Unicef-facilitated agreement.

Children play cards at the a reception centre for child soldiers in Bangui -22 July 2013
Unicef estimates that between 6,000 and 10,000 children are connected with CAR's armed factions

Call for Burundi dialogue


The AU Peace and Security Council has been discussing the situation in Burundi, it

tweets: "#Burundi crisis should be resolved through peaceful & legal means, & in line with Arusha Agreement - #PSC Chair, Press Conference"

In another

tweet it says: "#PSC decides 2 deploy #HumanRights Observers 2 #Burundi; appeals 2 all stakeholders to resolve crisis in interest of Burundi pple -PSC Chair"

AU press conference
African Union

Burundi radio battle

Rival factions of Burundi's army have been battling for control of the state broadcaster RTBN, which briefly went off air.

Several sources are now saying the station is in control of troops loyal to President Pierre Nkurunziza.

Soldiers loyal to President Pierre Nkurunziza in Bujumbura - 14 May 2015
These soldiers on the streets of Bujumbura today are loyal to the president

"We had stopped transmitting during the attack. Now the fighting has stopped we can resume. It is still loyalist soldiers who are in control," the AFP news agency quotes the station's director, Jerome Nzokirantevye, as saying.

AU debates Burundi


The African Union Peace and Security Council

tweets: "#PSC Members now exchanging views on latest dev/ts in #Burundi. A communique will be issued on the meeting."

AU meeting picture
African Union

Mali peace plan 'initialled'

Alex Duval Smith

BBC Africa, Bamako, Mali

Representatives of secessionist Tuareg and Arab rebels have placed their initials on a peace proposal for Mali in Algiers. But the Coordination of Movements for Azawad (CMA) says it will not turn up for a planned signing ceremony in Bamako tomorrow.

President Ibrahim Boubakar Keita is expected to sign the deal only with his own allies - Arabs and Tuaregs who recognise Mali's sovereignty.

The proposed deal is a roadmap over two years, including a disarmament and integration process and devolving powers to Mali's regions.

Bilal Agh Cherif, secretary general of The Coordination of the Movements of Azawad (CMA), signs a preliminary peace agreement in Algiers, Algeria
Secessionists have "initialled" a deal but have not yet agreed to all the details in it

Burundi weapons

Heavily armed police in Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, have been guarding checkpoints today:

Police officers stand at a check point in Bujumbura, Burundi 14 May 2015

The streets have been quiet, unlike on Wednesday with people celebrating the coup bid, but there has been fighting between rival groups within the army around the offices of the state broadcaster.

Here a few protesters opposed to the continued rule of President Pierre Nkurunziza set up barricades in their area and are seen preparing a petrol bomb:

Protesters who are against President Pierre Nkurunziza prepare a petrol bomb in Bujumbura, Burundi 14 May 2015

AU discusses Burundi

The African Union Peace and Security Council is now discussing Burundi.


tweets: "Chaired by Amb. Amina Diallo of Niger, 507th meeting of #AUPSC has started. Council is considering situation #Burundi"

Chair of Peace and Security Council
African Union

BreakingBreaking News

Burundi's national RTBN radio is back on air, under the control of troops loyal to President Pierre Nkrunziza, a military source has told the BBC.

We can confirm that it is now broadcasting music.

'It's scary' in Bujumbura

Andrew, a resident of Burundi's capital, told the

BBC World Have Your Say programme that his house was shaking earlier from the fighting that erupted again after midday local time (10:00 GMT).

"I'm taking cover in my house… but it's quite scary.

"It's difficult to know what's going on… there's lot of speculation and rumours… people are sending information on WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter.

"Yesterday people were chanting and hugging and marching, and today it's quite dead.

"No-one dares to go out, it's dangerous, there's shooting everywhere."

You can hear more at

14:00 GMT on the BBC World Service

North-east Nigeria curfew

In Nigeria, the military has imposed a curfew in the main north-eastern city of Maiduguri after a surprise attack by militant Islamist group Boko Haram.

Troops and vigilantes fought off the militants on Tuesday evening as they tried to enter Maiduguri, residents told the BBC.

Click here for details.

Nigerian soldiers
Nigerian soldiers have retaken many towns from Boko Haram in a recent offensive

Burundi leader 'ready to forgive'

Reuters news agency has filed some quotes from the interview Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza gave national RTBN radio earlier today.

"I condemn that group of coup plotters," he is quoted as saying.

"I thank soldiers who are putting things in order, and I forgive any soldier who decides to surrender."

Afterward the interview, there was fighting in the capital, Bujumbura, around the broadcaster, which is now off air.

President of Burundi Pierre Nkurunziza - August 2014
Getty Images
Pierre Nkurunziza was in Tanzania when the coup bid started

Hiding in Bujumbura

Men are photographed running for cover after hearing gunfire in a street on Burundi's capital, Bujumbura.

Men run for cover after they hear gunfire in a street in Bujumbura, Burundi - 14 May 2015

Plotting Bujumbura

This map shows key locations in Burundi's capital city - the international airport, which has reportedly reopened under the control of loyalist forces, the state-run broadcaster where there is renewed fighting, the president's residence and the private Tele Renaissance, which has reportedly been taken off air:

Map of Bujumbura

BreakingBreaking News

Burundi's national radio RTBN is now off air following heavy fighting around its offices in the capital, Bujumbura.

Burundi's president interviewed

Burundi's national radio broadcaster RTBN interviewed President Pierre Nkrunziza by phone at midday local time (10:00 GMT).

Fighting has since erupted around the broadcaster's offices.

A general supporting the coup told the AFP news agency that the main units fighting to oust the president "have just received the order to take RTNB, and this should be done quickly because we have the means".

A tank in Bujumbura, Burundi on Wednesday 13 May 2015
There were scenes of celebration in the capital on Wednesday

Fighting at state broadcaster


The BBC's Maud Jullien

tweets from Burundi's capital that there is "heavy fighting in city centre".

She says it seems to be close the state-run national radio offices.

Commercial flights 'soon' in Bujumbrua

The international airport in Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, is getting back to work, says Emmanuel Habimana, the head of the airport authority.

Mr Habimnana told the BBC: "The technical personnel are working, but because of the ongoing tension, most non-essential personnel are not yet at work.

"But the airport is operational and they are working to get commercial flights working soon."

Burundi private stations 'off air'

The Burundian private radio station Isanganiro says it has been taken off air along with other private broadcasters. The station was one of those that broadcast the coup announcement on Wednesday.

Screen grab

On its

website it says (in French): "Danger: All the most listened to private radio stations in Burundi: Isanganiro, Bonesha, RPA and Renaissance are now shut. Only pro-government national radio continues to broadcast."

Burundi's 'youth militia'

There are suspicions that the youth wing of Burundi's ruling party has been involved in attacks on private radio stations in the capital.

Known as Imbonerakure, some believe it has been turned into a militia and may have been given weapons with the intention of intimidating people ahead of elections.

There are also allegations that some of its members have received military training by Burundian officers over the border in the Democratic Republic of Congo - denied by the ruling CNDD-FDD.

Some Burundians who have recently fled to neighbouring countries say they received threats from Imbonerakure members, who tend to turn up to official functions these days in uniforms - fatigue trousers with party T-shirts.

Burundian refugees waits for a soap and blanket distribution in Rwanda - 10 April 2015
Some Burundian refugees say they are fleeing threats from the youth wing

BreakingBreaking News

Ruth Nesoba

BBC Africa, Bujumbura

Heavy fighting and shelling can be heard near the state-run national broadcaster RNTB in Burundi's capital, Bujumbura.

Loyalists and supporters of the coup are fighting for control.

Bujumbura airport 'reopens'

A BBC reporter in the Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, says the international airport has reopened.

The commander of the airport said a Somali cargo plane recently took off. This would confirm that the airport is in the hands of loyalist soldiers, our reporter says.

Uncertainty in Bujumbura

Bujumbura is quiet at the moment apart from some "sporadic gunfire", a charity worker Simon Guillebaud told the BBC's Outside Source programme.

"People are keeping off the streets... and people haven't got a clue about what's going to happen next," he said.

Grenade launchers in Bujumbura

Maud Jullien

BBC Africa, Bujumbura

I have just seen policemen with grenade launchers pointed at the Isanganiro private radio station, which broadcast Wednesday's coup announcement by Maj Gen Godefroid Niyombare.

The streets of Bujumbura now seem mainly under the control of loyalist policemen.

Crucial fight for Burundi media

Maud Jullien

BBC Africa, Bujumbura

The divisions in Burundi's army over the coup attempt do not appear to be along ethnic lines - both the army chief of staff, who is loyal to the president, and the general who announced the coup are Hutus.

The factions appear to be between those who believe the president violated the peace accord that ended the civil war by running for a third term and those who remain loyal to him.

The reason there has been so much fighting for control of state-run RTNB broadcaster is because it was the only one still broadcasting to the whole country last night when people outside Bujumbura may not have known about the coup attempt in the capital.

Some private radio were able to broadcast for several hours this morning.

Burundian soldiers patrol the streets atop a military vehicle as civilians celebrate in Burundi's capital Bujumbura, 13 May 2015
Rival groups became part of the army after the end of the civil war, which officially ended in 2005

Burundi radio stations burnt

Hewete Haileselassie

BBC Africa

Eloge Willy Kaneza, a journalist at the Burundian private broadcaster Radio Bonesha, told me that his station and another private broadcaster African Public Radio (RPA) have been taken off air.

The office buildings were also set alight on Thursday morning.

He said his colleagues were given time to say goodbye to the audience and the signal was then switched off. All staff were made to leave the premises.

He added that this was done by military and policemen who would not say who gave them the order.

Loyalist forces 'have upper hand'

A military source has told BBC Afrique that loyalist forces in Burundi are now in control of Bujumbura's city centre, the airport, the presidential palace and the national radio and television stations.

Smoke rises from several buildings near the port in Bujumbura on May 14, 2015
A photo of Bujumbura this morning - private media stations were amongst areas attacked overnight

Coup bid leader Maj Gen Godefroid Niyombare and his supporters are at the Camp Para-Commandos barracks, which houses many of the army's armoured vehicles and is home to elite paratroopers.

The brigade facing them is called the First Military Region, which control the provinces of Bujumbura, Cibitoke, Bubanza.

Protests against President Nkrunziza running for a third term have centred on the capital city.

The source said that more Hutus appear to be siding with the loyalists and Tutsi officers with Gen Niyombare, even though he is also a former rebel Hutu commander. Additionally, Defence Minister Pontien Gaciyubwenge - also an army general - is supporting the coup and is a Tutsi.

Ghana 'not the worst'

Sammy Darko

BBC Africa, Accra

Ghana's government has rejected the impression that the country has one of the worst education systems in the world.


report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development released on Wednesday put Ghana at the bottom of a list of 76 countries.

The government says that the education system has been praised by "all other recently published international reports" and that the education system "remains robust" and is making progress.

Ghana statement
Ghana Government