Wednesday’s clashes took place in the city’s Cibitoke district, a center of opposition protest against President Pierre Nkurunziza and his disputed bid for a third term on July 15. Police said five of those killed Wednesday were “criminals.” Residents said police shot persons who had “their hands in the air” during house-to-house searches. Polices spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye said “many, many” guns and grenades had been seized. Four other people had been arrested.
Cibitoke was sealed off Wednesday. A reporter for the French news agency AFP who entered later said a moneychanger and his two sons had been shot in the head.
Police said an armed group had been “neutralized” after a patrol was attacked, allegedly with a grenade. The sixth person killed was a policeman.
The incidents bring to about 80 the number of people killed in two months of protest across Burundi.