Burundi Police Find 30 Bodies in Mass Grave as UN Experts Arrive

Burundian police discovered a mass grave in the capital, Bujumbura, where about 30 bodies were buried, police spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye said.

The grave was found at Mutakura, in the north of the city, Nkurikiye said on national radio on Tuesday.

The victims may be members of the ruling party’s youth wing who opposed demonstrations against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s candidacy in elections last year, Bujumbura Mayor Freddy Mbonimpa said in an interview. Amnesty International last month said satellite images from late December and early January indicate that Burundian security forces killed dozens of people and dumped them in mass graves on the outskirts of the capital.

A United Nations human-rights team is expected to arrive in the country today to investigate possible abuses, UN radio reported.

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