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Burundi coup apparently fails as president is said to return home, but tension remains

  • Two men walk across a deserted street in the town center of Bujumbura, Burundi, Friday, May 15, 2015. Two senior army officers and a police general accused of taking part in an attempted coup in Burundi have been arrested, a presidential spokesman said on Friday, as it became apparent that a military plot to oust President Pierre Nkurunziza had fizzled out. (AP Photo/Gildas Ngingo)

    Two men walk across a deserted street in the town center of Bujumbura, Burundi, Friday, May 15, 2015. Two senior army officers and a police general accused of taking part in an attempted coup in Burundi have been arrested, a presidential spokesman said on Friday, as it became apparent that a military plot to oust President Pierre Nkurunziza had fizzled out. (AP Photo/Gildas Ngingo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Supporters of President Pierre Nkurunziza celebrate his return in the streets of  Bujumbura, Burundi, Friday, May 15, 2015.  The president's motorcade arrived in Bujumbura after a coup attempt fizzled out, but tensions remained high. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    Supporters of President Pierre Nkurunziza celebrate his return in the streets of Bujumbura, Burundi, Friday, May 15, 2015. The president's motorcade arrived in Bujumbura after a coup attempt fizzled out, but tensions remained high. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)  (The Associated Press)

  • Police join supporters of President Pierre Nkurunziza in celebrating his return in the streets of  Bujumbura, Burundi, Friday, May 15, 2015.  The president's motorcade arrived in Bujumbura after a coup attempt fizzled out, but tensions remained high. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    Police join supporters of President Pierre Nkurunziza in celebrating his return in the streets of Bujumbura, Burundi, Friday, May 15, 2015. The president's motorcade arrived in Bujumbura after a coup attempt fizzled out, but tensions remained high. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)  (The Associated Press)

An attempted coup in Burundi appears to have failed after the office of President Pierre Nkurunziza announced he was back in the country.

The streets of the capital, Bujumbura, were mostly quiet Friday morning following fighting Thursday between loyalist troops and forces supporting a major general who announced the coup bid on Wednesday. along a highway in the south of the country, there were many police checkpoints but otherwise life was going on as normal.

Still, the U.S. urged its citizens to leave Burundi the country. The U.S. Embassy in Burundi said it will be closed Friday amid the insecurity.

Burundi's presidency announced late Thursday that Nkurunziza had returned to Burundi but he has yet to appear in public. It also said he saluted the police for their patriotism.