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Burundi: Official says 4 members of ruling party killed

  • FILE - In this Monday, March 14, 2016 file photo, Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, arrives to attend the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in London. Former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan said Sunday, April 17, 2016 that the situation in Burundi is “very delicate” and blamed President Pierre Nkurunziza for the crisis and not cooperating with the international community to resolve the conflict. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

    FILE - In this Monday, March 14, 2016 file photo, Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, arrives to attend the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in London. Former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan said Sunday, April 17, 2016 that the situation in Burundi is “very delicate” and blamed President Pierre Nkurunziza for the crisis and not cooperating with the international community to resolve the conflict. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Thursday, May 7, 2015 file photo, Jean Claude Niyonzima, a suspected member of the ruling party's Imbonerakure youth militia, pleads with soldiers to protect him from a mob of demonstrators after he came out of a sewer  in the Cibitoke district of Bujumbura, Burundi. Former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan said Sunday, April 17, 2016 that the situation in Burundi is “very delicate” and blamed President Pierre Nkurunziza for the crisis and not cooperating with the international community to resolve the conflict. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

    FILE - In this Thursday, May 7, 2015 file photo, Jean Claude Niyonzima, a suspected member of the ruling party's Imbonerakure youth militia, pleads with soldiers to protect him from a mob of demonstrators after he came out of a sewer in the Cibitoke district of Bujumbura, Burundi. Former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan said Sunday, April 17, 2016 that the situation in Burundi is “very delicate” and blamed President Pierre Nkurunziza for the crisis and not cooperating with the international community to resolve the conflict. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)  (The Associated Press)

A Burundi official says four members of the country's ruling party have been killed in an attack in continuing violence associated with the extended tenure of President Pierre Nkurunziza.

Jerome Ntakarutimana, the local chief of the Mugamba district in Buriri province said Sunday that the attack targeted supporters of the ruling party who had gathered for an exercise to clean up the environment.

A survivor of the attack, who insisted on anonymity for his safety, said the four men died after armed men dressed in hoods and military fatigues stormed a bar Saturday night. The attack increases the death toll of people killed in the past week to 10.

Nkurunziza's controversial third term has set off rounds of political violence in which more than 400 people have died.