Burundi’s Police Say Five Government Officials Killed This Week

Five Burundi government officials have been killed by unidentified assailants since Sunday, police said, a sign of rising insecurity after President Pierre Nkurunziza won re-election in the face of political opposition.

“We have realized that people from institutions are being targeted by these unknown murderers” in the capital, Bujumbura, police spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye said late Wednesday in a televised statement. Armed men wearing security forces uniforms are behind the attacks and police are investigating their identities, he said.

Nkurikiye said the toll included General Adolphe Nshimirimana, the country’s former head of intelligence and an adviser to Nkurunziza, who was killed on Aug. 2. He didn’t give details on any of the other casualties.

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.

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