Troops loyal to the Burundian President have arrested at least three leaders of the failed coup against President Pierre Nkurunziza, a presidential spokesman said on Friday.
Of those arrested, one was a police general and two others were army generals, including former Defence Minister Cyrille Ndayirukiye, spokesman Gervais Abayeho told Reuters.
He said Major General Godefroid Niyombare, who led the coup attempt, was “still on the run, his whereabouts are not known to us.”
The coup leaders’ spokesman, Venon Ndabaneze, confirmed to AFP by phone that organisers of the coup had decided to surrender when loyalist troops arrested him, deputy coup leader Cyrille Ndayirukiye and another senior figure among the mutineers.
“We have decided to surrender,” coup leader General Godefroid Niyombare also said by telephone, adding that troops loyal to the president were approaching him.
“I hope they won’t kill us,” he added.

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