Heavily armed soldiers have been deployed in Burundi to quell protests against the president's bid for a third term, which sparked a coup attempt last week that was foiled.

In the Musaga neighborhood of the capital, Bujumbura, armed soldiers faced off on Tuesday with hundreds of angry protesters calling on President Pierre Nkurunziza to rescind his decision to seek another term in office, which many say is unconstitutional.

An Associated Press reporter in Musaga saw two soldiers firing live rounds into a crowd of protesters, who repeatedly shouted, "Shoot us."

The soldiers are armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenade launchers.

There was no police presence, signaling the army, which previously had acted as a buffer between protesters and the police, has now taken over operations against demonstrators.