Gunmen kill ally of Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza

By Editorial Board - 3 August 2015 at 6:00 pm

Yesterday, gunmen wearing military uniforms shot and killed a former Burundian security chief and close aid of Burundi’s President, Pierre Nkurunziza.

The General, Adolphe Nshimirimana, who was in charge of Nkurunziza’s personal security was killed in a car along with three body guards.

Four attackers in military clothing sprayed the car with bullets and drove off just after 8 a.m. local time.

A taxi driver, name Paul, told Reuters that “two had machine guns and two others rocket launchers. They came in military lorry and returned back in the same car.”

Nkurunziza in a message on the local state radio station asked the public and security forces to stay strong and “not to fall in trap of revenge”.

“We ask every Burundian, in hulls and the capital, to stay united,” he continued.

The country was thrown into chaos when President Pierre Nkurunziza declared he planned to run for a third term, an act that is unconstitutional in Burundi. The announcement was followed by months of protests and violence. Nkurunziza still continued to seek a third term in office and won on July 24 this year. His opposition chose to boycott the elections.

Burundi has a similar ethnic make-up as its neighbour Rwanda, so many fear that the violence in the country could split into an ethnically motivated civil conflict.

Editorial Board

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