Burundi: Killings persist as president gives residents deadline to disarm

A police spokesman in Burundi says nine people have been killed in gunfights with security forces since Saturday, continuing a wave of violence that has frightened many residents.

Pierre Nkurikiye said Tuesday that two more bodies were discovered Monday in the capital, Bujumbura. The U.N. said in September that more than 130 killings had been documented in Burundi.

President Pierre Nkurunziza on Monday gave civilians five days to surrender any illegal weapons or face tough action by the police, who he said should use all means necessary to stop the bloodshed.

Burundi has been hit by violence since April following Nkurunziza's decision to seek a third term. The move sparked a failed coup but Nkurunziza won re-election in July. Now it appears Nkurunziza's supporters and opponents are targeting each other.