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Burundi turmoil: Nkurunziza loyalists open fire on protesters

It’s not yet clear if anyone has been killed or hurt.

A screengrab picture shows thousands of anti-president protesters in Burundi took to the streets to protest against President Pierre Nkurunziza's third term approval.

PRETORIA - In crisis hit Burundi, witnesses claim police officers loyal to President Pierre Nkurunziza have opened fire with live rounds on protesters in the capital Bujumbura.

It's not yet clear if anyone has been killed or hurt.

Reports of the shootings have emerged just hours after the general who led an attempted coup in the country was arrested along with his accomplices.

The failed coup follows weeks of violent and deadly demonstrations against Nkurunziza who is seeking an unconstitutional third term.

Here on home soil, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane says South Africa's government condemns the unlawful attempt to seize power.

However, she's stopped short of urging the president to abandon plans to run for an unconstitutional third term in office which was the reason for a group of officers trying to oust him.

Nkoane-Mashabane said no political problems justify seeking an unconstitutional change of power or the taking of innocent lives.

Briefing the media in Pretoria, she said South Africa played a key role in ending the civil war in Burundi a decade ago and will remain seized of events in that country.

The military generals in Burundi who plotted to overthrow the President will now be charged in a military court with mutiny.

At least 20 people have been killed in the protests over the past three weeks.

CNN's Robyn Kriel says the president has now returned to the country.

"Speculation about where Nkurunziza has been since Wednesday when he was at that East African conference on the crisis in Burundi. He was missing during the coup attempt and the ensuing protests and he is now back, we are told, at his presidential palace in Burundi, amidst much fanfare."