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Burundi Police Shoot Fighters On Hospital Beds

Posted: May 16, 2015 at 3:57 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

BURUNDIAN police on Friday May 15, 2015 reportedly stormed a hospital in Burundi’s capital, shot and killed patients as they searched for men injured in clashes that erupted when a senior army officer announced an attempted takeover of the government

Dr Antoine, a surgeon at the Bumerec hospital in Bujumbura, said the attack also left some patients injured.

The attack happened on the same day President Pierre Nkurunziza, who was in neighbouring Tanzania when the attempted coup was announced, returned home.

“We received three patients and they were here in the emergency room after that moment we see a group of policemen arrive here and they began to shoot everywhere,” said Antoine, who uses only one name.

In an interview with the Reuters, Antoine said: “Some patient were killed, one man was killed and the others were wounded seriously, and we do not know what they did with that.”

He said hospitals in Burundi had never been attacked in any circumstances and was shocked to see his institution under fire.

Antoine said: “When there is struggle or when a group is struggling”, hospitals should be treated as “neutral institution”, adding, “hospitals (sic) is not for this party or that one, but hospital receives everyone, every patient.”