Burundi: Violence Continues As Peace Talks Pause

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At least three people have been killed in the Burundi capital Bujumbura over the last two days.

On Tuesday, gunmen killed a police officer and a watchman at the ruling party’s offices in Mwaro province. The following day, a retired army officer was shot dead in his car as he waited for the gates of his home in Ngagara to open.

 

Ruling party offices torched

On Tuesday, a group of ten people, including two armed with guns, attacked a drinks store. The gunmen opened fire, killing a police officer and injuring two, before they stole an unknown amount of money and fled the scene.

The group then rode their bikes to the offices of the ruling party, the National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD-FDD). They set the offices alight with gasoline and shot dead a watchman at the premises as they made their escape.

 

Retired army officer killed

The following morning gunmen killed a senior retired army officer outside his home in Ngagara. Colonel Lucien Rufyiri was waiting inside his car for the gates to his property to open when gunmen fired upon his vehicle. Local residents said the former officer was shot in the head, while his son was slightly injured in the attack.

Witnesses say the gunmen were dropped off in the area by a pick-up truck and were dressed in police-like uniforms. The government has often said it’s impossible to know who is carrying out attacks in Burundi as gunmen wear clothing similar to police, military and other official uniforms.

 

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