Twelve Killed in Latest Burundi Clash
At least a dozen people were killed in Burundi on Monday and Tuesday, as the nation’s political crisis continues to spark violence.
Clashes escalated on Tuesday with gunmen and soldiers clashing in the eastern district of Gitega, which remains a stronghold for the government. Meanwhile, at least three people were killed in the capital of Bujumbura over Monday and Tuesday – including one police officer.
Sporadic violence, targeted killings
Outbreaks of violence have been sporadic in parts, however activists and officials have reported targeted killings on a regular basis. Shootings, grenade and rocket attacks have been a common feature in the headlines, with key members of both sides targeted and a divide within the country’s army suggested.
Numerous cases of key opposition figures being shot dead outside their homes or kidnapped and later found dead reinforce claims of political assassinations. For those who publically criticise the regime and can’t escape the country, the prospect of death is all too much a reality.
UN backs tougher stance on Burundi
Violence has barely paused since April when President Nkurunziza announced he would run for a third term in power. Riots broke out almost instantly and only intensified when July elections confirmed Nkurunziza would stay in power for another term.
More than 200 people have been killed in the conflict and hundreds of thousands fled the country, prompting fears of another all-out war in the country. A recent investigation by the African Union into alleged human rights violations has now been backed by the UN, with the security Council on Wednesday confirming it is ready to take tougher action itself.
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