Burundian Activist Hurt in Shooting Allowed to Travel for Care

A prominent Burundian rights activist and vocal government critic has been granted permission to travel outside the country for treatment after being shot in the face by unknown assailants, his daughter said.

Pierre Claver Mbonimpa remains in a serious condition after the attack on Aug. 3 on a street in the capital, Bujumbura, said Gyzene Mbonimpa by phone on Wednesday.

The country’s chief prosecutor has granted him permission to leave the country to seek medical attention, she said. Mbonimpa had been ordered to stay in Bujumbura as a condition of his release from detention last year over security charges after he accused the ruling party of training an armed youth militia in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.

Mbonimpa is one of three high-profile officials who have been attacked since President Pierre Nkurunziza was elected last month for a third mandate, which opponents say violates a two-term cap. In unrest before the vote, at least 77 people died and a former intelligence chief attempted a failed coup.

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