Burundi army chief Gen Niyongabo survives assassination bid

Burundi’s army chief of staff has survived an assassination attempt on a busy road in the capital, Bujumbura.


General Prime Niyongabo was heading to his office in the morning when armed men attacked his motorcade.

Burundi’s deputy police chief Gen Godefroid Bizimana told the AFP news agency the army chief was unharmed.

Burundi has suffered serious unrest since President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision in April to seek a third term in polls he went on to win in July.

In May he survived a coup attempt.

A senior army general was killed last month in similar circumstances.

Earlier this week the spokesman for a party opposed to President Nkurunziza’s third term was shot dead in Bujumbura.

Source: BBC