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Burundi cameraman's family killed in police raid

Burundian police arrive to set up a road block in the Burundian capital on July 6, 2015 Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Police and protesters have clashed since April

A Burundi state TV cameraman and his family have been killed at their home by police during an operation to rescue kidnapped officers, authorities say.

The police entered their compound looking for the kidnappers and were shooting anyone who was in range, according to witnesses.

Police said 10 people were killed including an officer, but have not revealed details about the kidnapping.

Unrest started in April when Burundi's president sought a third term in power.

President Pierre Nkurunziza went on to win a controversial election in July and since then there has been a wave of unexplained killing, both of opposition activists and security forces.

In September, Burundi's army chief of staff survived an assassination attempt. Earlier in the same week a spokesman for a party opposed to President Nkurunziza's third term was shot dead in Bujumbura.

Burundi has also accused neighbouring Rwanda of training rebels seeking to destabilise the country, something Rwanda denies.

Burundi: Key facts

The country is facing its worst turmoil since the 12-year civil war ended in 2005

  • 10.4m population

  • 50 years - life expectancy for a man

  • 2nd poorest country in the world

  • 85% are Hutu, 14% Tutsi

  • 300,000 died in civil war

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