Burundi: Military Chief ‘Escapes Assassination Try’ In Bujumbura

Burundi's deputy police chief says General Prime Niyongabo was unharmed but seven other officers killed in Bujumbura.

A senior police official said the attack appeared to have been "meticulously prepared" [UN Photo/Abdi Dakan]

A senior police official mentioned the assault appeared to have been “meticulously ready” [UN Photo/Abdi Dakan]

(ALJAZEERA) – –  The pinnacle of Burundi’s armed forces has survived an assassination try within the capital Bujumbura, police mentioned, including that at the least seven different folks had been killed within the assault.

“There was an assault towards the armed forces chief, Normal Prime Niyongabo, however fortunately he was unhurt,” Burundi’s deputy police chief, Normal Godefroid Bizimana, instructed AFP information company.

He mentioned two attackers had been killed within the conflict, and a 3rd arrested.

One other senior police supply mentioned 4 bodyguards had been additionally killed, in addition to a feminine police officer.

“Reinforcements have arrived. We’re pursuing the rest of the commandos,” Bizimana.

One other senior police supply, who requested to not be named, mentioned the assault appeared to have been “meticulously ready”.

“It was sudden and violent. 4 bodyguards had been killed immediately. He managed to outlive solely as a result of the motive force managed to overhaul a bus transporting cops to work, and the attackers couldn’t sustain,” mentioned the supply, including that the attackers had been carrying navy uniforms and travelling in a navy car.

Tensions stay excessive within the central African nation following President Pierre Nkurunziza’s profitable bid for a 3rd time period in energy in July.

Nkurunziza received a highly-controversial third time period in July in polls the United Nations mentioned weren’t free or truthful.

His bid sparked an tried coup and months of civil unrest led by opposition teams, who condemned his re-election bid as unconstitutional.

There has additionally been a string of killings since his re-election, together with the assassination of his prime safety chief in a rocket assault final month.

Many have raised alarm bells on the danger of renewed battle in Burundi, which lies within the coronary heart of central Africa’s troubled Nice Lakes area.

At the least 300,000 folks had been killed in a civil conflict there which ran from 1993-2006.

Aline Niyonkuru

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