Burundi: ICC Probes Recent Clashes

The International Criminal Court's prosecutor said on Monday she was opening a preliminary probe into the violence that has wracked Burundi, killing at least 430 people since a political crisis erupted following last April's elections.

"At least 3,400 people have been arrested and over 230,000 Burundians forced to seek refuge in neighbouring countries," Fatou Bensouda said in a statement, adding that she had seen evidence of imprisonment, torture and rape.

At least three armed rebel groups have emerged in the central African country since a political crisis erupted a year ago, when President Pierre Nkurunziza launched his bid for a third term in office and then won a disputed election in July.
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