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Burundi gripped by fear and confusion

People are too afraid to go out into streets where it’s still unclear who is in control as fighting continues.

FILE: Since morning, gunfire has been ringing in Bujumbura. Picture: AFP.

BUJUMBURA - Residents of Burundi's capital Bujumbura are holed up in their homes as fighting continues in the city's streets, a day after an army general announced he's dismissed the president and the country's government.

Fear and confusion has gripped the lakeside capital this evening with people too afraid to go out into streets where it's still unclear who is in control, or whose side armed soldiers and police are on.

President Pierre Nkurunziza, who is seeking an unconstitutional third term, was barred from returning to his country and is now being kept at a secret location in Dar es Salaam.

Since morning, gunfire has been ringing in Bujumbura.

No one knows who is in control as two factions of the army fight each other in the streets.

Yesterday, Major Godefroid Niyombare announced he was leading a coup against Nkurunziza.

But the chief army of staff decided against following his lead.

Fighting continues in the street but it's unclear who will be in control at the end of the day.

Loyalists are now holding the presidency, the state radio and according to some recent reports the international airport as well.

Earlier, it was reported that Burundi's state run television suspended all newscasts after the coup attempt.

The Burundi army tried to gain control of the TV centre but met resistance from security guards.

Burundi's state radio has also been taken off air this afternoon with witnesses reporting heavy gunfire coming from the station's headquarters.

Shortly before the transmission stopped Nkurunziza condemned the coup plotters and said he would forgive soldiers who surrender.

The president tried to return to Burundi last night but was forced to turn back to Dar es Salaam.

Loyalists are now holding the presidency, the state radio and according to some recent reports the international airport as well.

Nkurunziza said in a tweet this morning that forces loyal to him still controlled Burundi.

Meanwhile, African Union Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has condemned in the strongest terms yesterday's coup attempt.