Gunfire Rocks Burundi Capital Leaving One Dead, Soldier Wounded

Burundi’s capital was rocked by fresh gunfire with one civilian killed overnight and a soldier wounded in a drive-by shooting Tuesday, two days after the assassination of a presidential adviser.

A group of armed men opened fire on a military position near the national radio station in Bujumbura, injuring an officer, Colonel Gaspard Baratuza told the broadcaster. The attack followed sporadic overnight gunfire and explosions in parts of the city that previously saw protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term.

In the suburb of Cibitoke, the body of an unidentified man was found on the street on Tuesday, close to burned vehicles. Ndaruzaniye Fanuel, who lives in the area, said residents sheltered in their homes as they heard gunshots.

Burundi has been in turmoil since April when Nkurunziza announced he would seek another term, sparking street protests and clashes with security forces that left at least 77 people dead and drove another 180,000 across the border. The United Nations and U.S. have said the elections won by Nkurunziza last month weren’t credible.

General Adolphe Nshimirimana, the country’s former head of intelligence and an adviser to Nkurunziza, died Sunday when a group of unidentified men attacked him in the capital.

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