Blasts and gunfire echoed around Bujumbura for most of Friday after unknown gunmen attacked three military sites, but there was no fighting overnight and witnesses said the capital's streets were calm on Saturday morning. Unrest in Burundi, which started in April when President Pierre Nkurunziza announced plans for a third term in office, has also unnerved a region that remains volatile two decades after the genocide in neighbouring Rwanda.  

All the deaths were attackers killed in the joint sweep operation of the army and police," he said. The enemy was neutralize. A government official said the police were collecting bodies across the capital but it was not clear how many people were killed in other districts where fierce fighting also took place.

Willy Nyamitwe, a presidential adviser, called for Kenya Airways to resume flying to Burundi after the carrier and regional rivals RwandAir and Ethiopian Airlines canceled flights on Friday.
Today flights in and out Burundi should not be cancelled since the roadblocks are removed. Situation came back to normal,Nyamitwe said on Twitter, addressing Kenya Airways. Until now, battle lines in Burundi's crisis have followed the political divide.

Burundi's 12-year civil war, which ended in 2005, pitted rebel groups of the Hutu majority, including one led by Nkurunziza, against what was then an army led by the Tutsi minority. Rwanda has the same ethnic mix. One of the generals behind the failed coup attempt in May said in July the rebel group still aimed to topple the president and experts have warned that the army, which was restructured after the civil war to include rebel fighters, might fracture.

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