At least two killed in violence before Burundi election
A protester carries a tyre to be used to erect a barricade as they demonstrate against the ruling CNDD-FDD party's decision to allow Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza to run for a third five-year term in office, in Bujumbura, May 7, 2015. Protesters were back on the streets of Burundi's capital on Thursday and one person was killed after President Pierre Nkurunziza told demonstrators to halt rallies against his third term bid, promising to make it his last if he wins. Opponents say the president, who has been in office since the end of an ethnically fuelled civil war in 2005, is violating the peace deal and constitution by seeking a new five-year term. REUTERS/Jean Pierre Aime Harerimana

BUJUMBURA: At least one policeman and a civilian were killed in overnight violence before Burundi’s presidential vote on Tuesday, a presidential official said, after blasts and gunfire echoed around the capital.

Presidential adviser Willy Nyamitwe blamed the opposition and those behind weeks of protests for the violence, putting the death toll at two. “People do it to intimidate voters. They don’t want the voters to go to the polls,” he told Reuters.

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