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Some Burundians flee parts of the capital ahead of expected security crackdown

  • Burundians carry their belongings on bicycles in Bujumbura, Burundi, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015. Carrying their prized possessions, scores of people fled Burundi’s capital Saturday before a looming security crackdown that has left many predicting more bloody violence ahead.   (AP Photo)

    Burundians carry their belongings on bicycles in Bujumbura, Burundi, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015. Carrying their prized possessions, scores of people fled Burundi’s capital Saturday before a looming security crackdown that has left many predicting more bloody violence ahead. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Burundian man carries his belongings on his head,  in Bujumbura, Burundi, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015. Carrying their prized possessions, scores of people fled Burundi’s capital Saturday before a looming security crackdown that has left many predicting more bloody violence ahead.  (AP Photo)

    A Burundian man carries his belongings on his head, in Bujumbura, Burundi, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015. Carrying their prized possessions, scores of people fled Burundi’s capital Saturday before a looming security crackdown that has left many predicting more bloody violence ahead. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Burundians load belongings on a truck in Bujumbura, Burundi, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015. Carrying their prized possessions, scores of people fled Burundi’s capital Saturday before a looming security crackdown that has left many predicting more bloody violence ahead.  (AP Photo)

    Burundians load belongings on a truck in Bujumbura, Burundi, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015. Carrying their prized possessions, scores of people fled Burundi’s capital Saturday before a looming security crackdown that has left many predicting more bloody violence ahead. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

Scores of people are fleeing parts of Burundi's capital before a looming security crackdown that has raised fears of a wave of killings.

A government-issued deadline to turn in illegal weapons or face extraordinary police action expires midnight Saturday.

The U.N. estimates that at least 198 people have been killed in Burundi since late April, when President Pierre Nkurunziza announced his bid that was ultimately successful for a third term in office. At least 13 people have died in the past week, with many coming from Bujumbura neighborhoods that are opposition strongholds. More than 200,000 people have fled Burundi.

Nkurunziza has told the police to use all means necessary to restore order, even though many here hold the security forces responsible for the killings that have raised international concern.