Burundi says prison fire killed 38 inmates

Burundi says prison fire killed 38 inmates

A journalist, policeman and a soldier observe the damage in front of the main prison after the fire, in Gitega, Burundi, Dec. 7, 2021

  • Vice President Prosper Bazombanza announced the deaths. More than 60 other people have been injured and the death toll could rise.

Burundi's government says 38 prisoners were killed in a fire Tuesday morning in Gitega, the country's political capital.

Vice President Prosper Bazombanza announced the deaths. More than 60 other people have been injured and the death toll could rise.

The prison in Gitega is overcrowded with more than 1,500 inmates in cells designed to hold 400, according to local reports.

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