Loyalist troops detain Burundi coup leaders: AFP

Loyalist troops detain Burundi coup leaders: AFP

BUJUMBURA, Burundi, - Loyalist troops in Burundi  early on Friday detained at least three leaders of a failed coup against  President Pierre Nkurunziza, with an AFP reporter hearing the arrest by  telephone.

The coup leaders' spokesman, Venon Ndabaneze, was speaking to AFP  confirming that the putschists had decided to surrender when loyalist troops  arrested him, deputy coup leader Cyrille Ndayirukiye and another senior figure  among the mutineers.

AFP remained on the line as the leaders were detained.

The leader of the coup attempt, former intelligence chief General Godefroid  Niyombare, also said he was surrendering.

"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.

It was unclear what happened to him.

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