Burundians flee capital


BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) – Carrying prized possession­s, scores of people fled Burundi's capital Saturday before a looming security crackdown that many fear will be a wave of violence. A government-issued deadline to turn in illegal weapons or face extraordin­ary police action expires midnight Saturday and President Pierre Nkurunziza, whose decision to extend his rule sparked the country's current crisis, has urged the security forces to use all means necessary to restore order. But many here blame the security forces for a series of killings that has raised internatio­nal concern and convinced residents in some volatile areas to flee their homes.

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