Security Forces in Burundi
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AA) – Four bodies were found Monday morning in the northern part of Burundian capital Bujumbura, according to a local police official.
Deputy police spokesman Stone Nkurikiye told Anadolu Agency that four bodies, which remain unidentified, were found in northern Bujumbura’s Kiyange district.
Nkurikiye said the circumstances and motives for the killings were still unknown, adding that an investigation had since been launched with the aim of dentifying the victims and apprehending the culprits.
Another three people were killed in Bujumbura over the weekend.
Since a controversial presidential poll was held in July, Burundi has witnessed a spate of violent attacks – on both government officials and opposition figures – sparking fears of wider political conflict.
Only one week after President Pierre Nkurunziza won a third term in office, Gen. Adolphe Nshimirimana – the country’s powerful spy chief and a Nkurunziza ally – was killed in the capital.
And in mid-August, Col. Jean Bikomagu, a former army chief-of-staff, was killed in his Bujumbura home by unidentified attackers.
According to local NGOs, at least 150 people – mostly opposition politicians but also Nkurunziza supporters – have been killed amid political turbulence that began in April when Nkurunziza announced plans to run for a third presidential term.
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