Burundi hit by new wave of anti Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term protests
Gunfire was heard and streets were barricaded in parts of the capital, Bujumbura, in the third day of protests, witnesses told the BBC.
Police are blocking students in the second city, Gitega, from joining the demonstrations, residents said.
The protests are the biggest in Burundi since the civil war ended in 2005.
The army and police have been deployed to quell the protests.
The crisis is due to be discussed later at a meeting of the African Union’s Peace and Security Council.
The Red Cross says at least six people have been killed in the demonstrations since Sunday.
Former Burundian President Pierre Buyoya, who was involved in the peace process that ended more than a decade of ethnic conflict, has warned that Burundi could return to war if the crisis is not resolved.
The opposition says Mr Nkurunziza, a former rebel who took power after the civil war ended, should step down.
They say his bid to extend his term is in defiance of the constitution, as it bars the president from running for a third term.
However, Mr Nkurunziza’s allies say his first term does not count as he was appointed by parliament and not directly by the people.
The elections are due in June.
More than 300,000 people died in the civil war between the minority Tutsi-dominated army and mainly Hutu rebel groups, including Mr Nkurunziza’s CNDD-FDD.