African peace bloc pulls out of troubled Burundi

Burundi has seen a wave of killings, tortures and arrests in recent monthsAn African regional bloc has pulled its headquarters out of crisis-hit Burundi after months of violence to ensure the “safety and security of its staff,” it said in a statement. “The situation in Burundi is seriously worrying,” the 12-nation International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) said in a statement seen Friday. The bloc, based in Burundi since 2007, works to boost “peace, security, stability and development” in Africa’s Great Lakes region.

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