Four army members appeared before a court on Sunday and are being investigated for their links to the Aug. 2 killing of General Adolphe Nshimirimana, a former intelligence chief and adviser to President Pierre Nkurunziza, Prosecutor General Valentin Bagorikunda said Sunday on national television.
“Some were arrested with military clothes, military car number-plates” and other army items, Bagorikunda said. Five other suspects fled Burundi, he said, urging the unidentified countries in which they’re sheltering to arrest them.
B￼urundi has been in turmoil since April when Nkurunziza announced he would seek a third term, sparking street protests and clashes with security forces that left about 90 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.
Another killing on Aug. 15 targeted former army chief Jean Bikomagu, who led the military during the civil war that ended in 2005. Bikomagu was shot dead outside his home, presidential spokesman Willy Nyamitwe said on his Twitter account.
By desire Nimubona