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Witness: 21 people found shot dead after attacks in Burundi capital

  • FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015 file photo, a Burundian soldier with his gun and rocket launcher guard a deserted street in Bujumbura, Burundi. Burundi's military spokesman said Friday, Dec. 11, 2015 that a number of members of a group that attacked three military camps in a bid to steal weapons and free prisoners were killed, with other attackers arrested, as gunfire and explosions rocked the capital, frightening civilians who hid in their homes. (AP Photo, File)

    FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015 file photo, a Burundian soldier with his gun and rocket launcher guard a deserted street in Bujumbura, Burundi. Burundi's military spokesman said Friday, Dec. 11, 2015 that a number of members of a group that attacked three military camps in a bid to steal weapons and free prisoners were killed, with other attackers arrested, as gunfire and explosions rocked the capital, frightening civilians who hid in their homes. (AP Photo, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, July 21, 2015 file photo, Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza walks to a polling station to cast his vote for the presidential election, in his hometown of Ngozi, Burundi. Burundi's military spokesman said Friday, Dec. 11, 2015 that a number of members of a group that attacked three military camps in a bid to steal weapons and free prisoners were killed, with other attackers arrested, as gunfire and explosions rocked the capital, frightening civilians who hid in their homes. (AP Photo/Berthier Mugiraneza, File)

    FILE - In this Tuesday, July 21, 2015 file photo, Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza walks to a polling station to cast his vote for the presidential election, in his hometown of Ngozi, Burundi. Burundi's military spokesman said Friday, Dec. 11, 2015 that a number of members of a group that attacked three military camps in a bid to steal weapons and free prisoners were killed, with other attackers arrested, as gunfire and explosions rocked the capital, frightening civilians who hid in their homes. (AP Photo/Berthier Mugiraneza, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015 file photo, a young boy joins other onlookers at the scene where five dead bodies, seen behind, were found in a street in the Cibitoke neighborhood of the capital Bujumbura, Burundi. Burundi's military spokesman said Friday, Dec. 11, 2015 that a number of members of a group that attacked three military camps in a bid to steal weapons and free prisoners were killed, with other attackers arrested, as gunfire and explosions rocked the capital, frightening civilians who hid in their homes. (AP Photo/File)

    FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015 file photo, a young boy joins other onlookers at the scene where five dead bodies, seen behind, were found in a street in the Cibitoke neighborhood of the capital Bujumbura, Burundi. Burundi's military spokesman said Friday, Dec. 11, 2015 that a number of members of a group that attacked three military camps in a bid to steal weapons and free prisoners were killed, with other attackers arrested, as gunfire and explosions rocked the capital, frightening civilians who hid in their homes. (AP Photo/File)  (The Associated Press)

An eye witness says 21 people have been found shot dead in the streets of Burundi's capital after the government said an unidentified group carried out coordinated attacks on three military installations elsewhere.

The witness on Saturday counted 21 bodies in the Nyakabiga neighborhood after Friday's violence, which is linked to President Pierre Nkurunziza's disputed third term in office. The person spoke on condition of anonymity due to safety concerns.

Nyakabiga was not among the neighborhoods where the military said attacks on its installations took place. Army spokesman Col. Gaspard Baratuza told state radio Friday three soldiers were killed in the pre-dawn raid by an unidentified group in Ngagara, Musaga and Mujejuru. He said the army later killed 12 of the attackers.