Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 15th 2015 Contents WASHINGTON—The US Secret
Service apprehended a man who was
flying a small drone yesterday in a park
outside the White House.
Secret Service spokesman Brian
Leary said the drone, about the size of
an iPad, was flying at about 100 feet
over Lafayette Park, which is just
across Pennsylvania Avenue from the
north fence of the White House.
Leary said the operator was
detained and asked to land the device.
He said the man complied and that the
officers recovered the drone in the
park. The Washington Metropolitan
Police Department swept the drone
and declared it safe.
Leary said the man was turned over
to the US Park Police.
The incident occurred shortly after 1
pm and placed the White House on
lockdown for more than an hour.
President Barack Obama was away at
the time, hosting a meeting with
Persian Gulf leaders in the presidential
retreat of Camp David.
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Man arrested near White House over drone
Burundi’s President Pierre
Nkurunziza has returned to the
country and his troops say they are
in control of key locations, a day after
a coup attempt.
Nkurunziza announced his return
on the Burundi presidency Twitter site.
There were earlier fierce clashes in
the capital, Bujumbura, particularly
at the state radio office, but they
are now said to have subsided. Five
soldiers are reported killed.
Nkurunziza had been in Tan-
zania when the coup began on
Protests began in Burundi on April 26
when Nkurunziza announced he was seek-
ing a third term, a move his opponents
said was unconstitutional.
The coup was launched by Maj Gen
Godefroid Niyombare, a former ally of
the president, on Wednesday after Nku-
runziza travelled to Dar es Salaam, Tan-
zania’s largest city, to attend a summit
on the crisis.
There were no new state-
ments from Gen Niyombare on
Reports late on Wednesday said the president
had tried to fly back to Burundi but was forced
to return to Tanzania as he could not land.
However, Burundian presidential spokesman
Willy Nyamitwe said that the president had left
Tanzania and was “safe and sound.”
He later confirmed that Nkurunziza was in
Burundi but would give no more details due to
He had earlier told Radio France Internationale:
“The loyalist army is present, his advisers are
present and the government is present. The coun-
try, then, continues to function.”
In his Twitter posting, Nkurunziza said: “I
thank the army and police for their patriotism.
Above all I thank Burundians for their patience.”
Army chief of staff Gen Prime Niyongabo said
the number of soldiers backing the coup had fall-
“On Wednesday evening we gave them the
chance to rejoin the army to avoid a bloodbath.
But they tried to attack the radio station today—
the army repelled the attack.
BBC correspondents say the streets seem to be
mainly in the control of loyalist police, and the
airport has reopened, which would appear to con-
firm reports it too is
in loyalist hands.
earlier insisted insur-
gent troops were in
control of “virtually the
Fighting erupted at
the state radio build-
ing after the RTBN station
had broadcast a message from Nkurunziza con-
demning the coup.
“I thank soldiers who are putting things in
order, and I forgive any soldier who decides to
surrender,” he said.
There is no confirmation about the whereabouts
of Gen Niyombare.
The unrest began after the 51-year-old president
said he would run for re-election in June.
Opponents said this contravened the consti-
tution, which states a president can only be elected
to two terms.
More than 20 people have died and tens of
thousands of Burundians have fled to neighbouring
states since the unrest began. (BBC)
Burundi coup bid:
President returns to
Mr Nkurunziza has
ruled out delaying
next month's elections.
Policemen clash with
protesters near a
Coup leader Gen
his radio address
to the nation.
People burn mattresses looted from the local
police post in Bujumbura, Burundi, during a
protest against incumbent president Pierre
Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term. AFP PHOTO
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