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Leading opposition member shot dead in Burundi

from BBC
Small Union for Peace and Development Party, Patrice Gahungu
Small Union for Peace and Development Party, Patrice Gahungu

A leading member of a Burundian opposition party has been shot dead in the Capital, Bujumbura, police have confirmed.

According to the BBC, a Spokesman for the Small Union for Peace and Development Party, Patrice Gahungu, was killed late Monday, September 7, 2015 by unidentified gunmen while driving home.

The BBC quotes local police as saying the party’s leader, Zedi Feruzi, was shot dead in May and two other people were killed yesterday in Bujumbura.
The police said they are still gathering details on the two people’s identities.

President Nkurunziza was sworn in for a controversial third term last month, following several months of unrest.
The Burundian Government is still accusing the Burundian opposition of causing the violence.

The opposition has maintained that Mr. Nkurunziza’s third term is illegal.

At least 100 people have died in protests since Mr Nkurunziza announced in April his decision to seek another term in office, in elections that took place in July.

 


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