Police: 6 die in clashes between police and protesters in violence-hit capital of Burundi

Police in Burundi say six people have been killed as protesters clashed with security forces in a neighborhood southeast of the capital, Bujumbura.

Pierre Nkurikiye, deputy spokesman for Burundian police, said Wednesday five protesters and a policeman were killed in the confrontation.

He said the police were trying to disarm protesters in Mutakura when they came under attack and used lethal force to disperse the attackers.

He said police recovered military equipment, including two machine guns and ammunition, during the operation.

Burundi has been hit by violence since the announcement in April that the ruling party had nominated President Pierre Nkurunziza to be its candidate in presidential elections set for July 15.

Protesters say Nkurunziza must go after serving two terms, the maximum allowed under the country's constitution.