Burundian human rights activist seriously injured in shooting

By Editorial Board - 4 August 2015 at 7:24 pm

A Burundian rights activist was injured in a gun attack on Monday evening.

Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, a prominent Burundi human rights activist who heads the Association for the Protection of Human Rights and Detained Persons (APRODH), was shot at by motorcyclists and is now in intensive care, reports Reuters.

A relative of Mbonimpa spoke to Reuters informing the news agency that Mbonimpa is now in intensive care at a hospital in the capital, Bujumbura. Mbonimpa was ambushed and shot in his vehicle close to his home, north of the capital, just before sunset on Monday.

“He was going home when suddenly a group of motorcyclists encircled him and started shooting at him. Many of the bikers had guns,” the relative told Reuters.

Mbonimpa was one of few civil society members opposing President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term who chose to stay in the country, whilst others fled.

This is the second shooting to take place aimed at a high profile figure in Burundi in two days. It happened only one day after gunmen dressed in military uniforms shot and killed General Adolphe Nshimirimana, who was not only a close ally of President Nkurunziza but was also in charge of his personal security at the time of his death.

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