ICC to investigate Burundi clashes

Amsterdam—The international war crimes court will investigate allegations of imprisonment and violence in Burundi, which has been wracked by unrest since a political crisis erupted a year ago.
The office of the U.N. human rights commissioner estimates at least 430 people have been killed there since last April, when President Pierre Nkurunziza launched a bid for a third term in office and then won a disputed election in July. At least three armed rebel groups have since emerged in the country.
Western powers and regional states fear Burundi could slide back into the ethnically charged conflict that characterized its 1993-2005 civil war. Opponents accuse Nkurunziza of violating Burundi’s constitution and a peace agreement that ended the civil war by running for a third term.—Agencies

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