– Burundi’s security advisor to president murdered
– Army General murdered while dropping daughter off in school
– No group has claimed responsibility for the attack
– ICC commences preliminary investigation into reported killings
Burundi’s security advisor to president murdered
A high ranking security officer was murdered early Monday morning in Bujumbura by unknown armed men.
The high ranking army officer who turned out to be Gen. Athanase Kararuza was reportedly attacked by heavily armed men while he was driving his daughter to school. He was driving in company of his wife.
General Kararuza is a security adviser to Burundi’s vice-president. Government officials have reportedly been targets of attacks since President Kkurunziza declared his ambition to run for the presidency for the time.
General Athanase Kararuza and his wife reported dead on the spot, while the daughter managed to escape with a minor injury. No group has however claimed responsibility for the attack yet
According to the BBC, more than 400 people have been killed in unrest since President Pierre Nkurunziza said he would run for a third term last April. A host of high-ranking army officials have been targeted during the conflict.
International Human Right organisation, Amnesty international has accused the Burundian Security forces of killing opponents and dumping them in mass graves.
In a recent development, the International Criminal court has announced that it was commencing a primary investigation into the violence and unrest in Burundi. The outcome of the primary incvestigation would determine if a further investigation will be carried out. if done, it could include charging of those accused of aiding the violence
The African Union has also announced it would send a 5,000-strong peacekeeping force to the country even if the government did not accept it but it has since back-tracked.
The recent attacks comes after the Minister for Human Rights Martin Nivyabandi luckily survived a grenade attack while coming out of church.
Citizens have however expressed fears the recent wave of violence result in pogrom.