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Burundi: Opposition politician arrested over unrest says he has been released

  • A Soldiers check the vital signs of a wounded suspected Imbonerakure militiaman who was attacked by demonstrators protesting against President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to seek a third term in office in the Cibitoke district of Bujumbura, Burundi, Thursday May 7, 2015.  They dispersed the crowd and retrieved the severely wounded man from a ditch he was thrown in.   At least one protestor has died in clashed with the widely feared Imbonerakure militias and police, sending scores to the streets seeking revenge. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    A Soldiers check the vital signs of a wounded suspected Imbonerakure militiaman who was attacked by demonstrators protesting against President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to seek a third term in office in the Cibitoke district of Bujumbura, Burundi, Thursday May 7, 2015. They dispersed the crowd and retrieved the severely wounded man from a ditch he was thrown in. At least one protestor has died in clashed with the widely feared Imbonerakure militias and police, sending scores to the streets seeking revenge. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)  (The Associated Press)

  • Soldiers lift a wounded suspected Imbonerakure militiaman who was attacked by demonstrators protesting against President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to seek a third term in office in the Cibitoke district of Bujumbura, Burundi, Thursday May 7, 2015. They dispersed the crowd and retrieved the severely wounded man from a ditch he was thrown in.  At least one protestor has died in clashed with the widely feared Imbonerakure militias and police, sending scores to the streets seeking revenge. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    Soldiers lift a wounded suspected Imbonerakure militiaman who was attacked by demonstrators protesting against President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to seek a third term in office in the Cibitoke district of Bujumbura, Burundi, Thursday May 7, 2015. They dispersed the crowd and retrieved the severely wounded man from a ditch he was thrown in. At least one protestor has died in clashed with the widely feared Imbonerakure militias and police, sending scores to the streets seeking revenge. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)  (The Associated Press)

  • Soldiers run after demonstrators protesting President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to seek a third term in office who caught and stoned a suspected Imbonerakure militiaman in the Cibitoke district of Bujumbura, Burundi, Thursday May 7, 2015. They dispersed the crowd and retrieved the severely wounded man from a ditch he was hiding in.  At least one protestor has died in clashed with the widely feared Imbonerakure militias and police, sending scores to the streets seeking revenge. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    Soldiers run after demonstrators protesting President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to seek a third term in office who caught and stoned a suspected Imbonerakure militiaman in the Cibitoke district of Bujumbura, Burundi, Thursday May 7, 2015. They dispersed the crowd and retrieved the severely wounded man from a ditch he was hiding in. At least one protestor has died in clashed with the widely feared Imbonerakure militias and police, sending scores to the streets seeking revenge. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)  (The Associated Press)

A Burundian opposition politician arrested over unrest triggered by President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to run for a third term says he has been released.

Audifax Ndabitoreye was arrested after a meeting between East African Community foreign ministers seeking to end the crisis and Burundi leaders at a hotel in the capital, Bujumbura.

Ndabitoreye said late Wednesday, hours after the arrest, that he is free but the police may ask him to report back. Police had said Ndabitoreye, a presidential candidate, is suspected of insurrection.

Protests have rocked Burundi's capital since the ruling party announced on April 25 that it had nominated Nkurunziza as its presidential candidate.

At least nine people have been killed in the protests and more than 20,000 Burundians have fled to Rwanda, fearing political violence