Rwanda ‘behind Burundi assassination bid’

Rwanda ‘behind Burundi assassination bid’

Burundi has accused Rwanda of being of plotting to kill Burundian presidential adviser Willy Nyamitwe.

Mr Nyamitwe survived the assassination attempt last night and has been wounded (see earlier post).

The instructions and plan were passed from the Rwandan capital, Kigali, to someone within the military in Burundi, Burundi’s police spokesman Pierre Nkurukiye said.

The police had known about the plot for some time and had already arrested a colonel and corporal.

Another corporal was arrested this morning during an investigation into the shooting.

Relations between Burundi and Rwanda have deteriorated over the last year, with Bujumbura accusing Kigali of hosting the May 2015 coup plotters and offering material and military training to Burundians living in refugee camps in Rwanda.

After the assassination of Burundian politician Hafsa Mossi in July, home affairs minister indicated that the commando behind the killing was linked to Rwanda.

Source: BBC