Former head of Burundi’s army shot dead outside his home

By Editorial Board - 15 August 2015 at 10:01 pm
A powerpoint presentation shows the preliminary results of Burundi's Presidential elections as they are being presented by the National Electoral committee in Bujumbura, Burundi, Friday July 24, 2015. Burundi’s electoral chief says President Pierre Nkurunziza has won a third term in office, amid unrest over whether his third term is constitutional. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Earlier today the former head of Burundi’s army was shot dead just outside his home in the capital Bukumbura.

Colonel Jean Bikomagu was gunned down as he was driving through the gates of his home today. Bikimagu led the armed forces at the time of the Burundi’s civil war.

His daughter was also seriously injured in the attack, a family member told AFP.

This killing is part of a surge of attacks aimed at high profile targets in Burundi over the past few weeks. Earlier this month two people died in separate events and another was seriously injured; Come Harerimana was shot and killed on his way to the office, General Adolphe Nshimirimana was also shot and killed whilst well known human rights activist, Pierre Claver Mbonimpa was seriously injured in an attack.

These incidents follow months of unrest in the country after President Pierre Nkurunziza his bid for a third term and his controversial win a few months later which was deemed unconstitutional by many.

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