Retired Burundian Army Colonel Shot Dead amid Tension In Bujumbura

A Burundian retired army colonel was shot dead and his son wounded in the latest sparks of attacks, violence witnessed in capital, Bujumbura.


Police source indicate that the former army officer identified as Lucien Rufyiri, while in his car waiting for his gate to be opened in the Ngagara neighbourhood.

Rufyiri becomes a victim of escalating violence between president Pierre Nkurunziza’s security forces and opponents who say his re-election for a third term in July was illegal.

In the meantime, the United Nations has completed deployment of an independent human rights monitor in Burundi to investigate allegations of human rights abuses.

Violence in Burundi has been a regional concern , with a new round of peace talks launched in the Tanzanian city of Arusha at the weekend led by the former President of Tanzania, Benjamin Mkapa.

Burundi violence has left more than 450 people killed and thousands internally displaced since April 2015 after Nkurunziza announced he was vying for a third term.


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