Burundi Arrests Members of Military Over General’s Assassination

Burundi authorities said they arrested members of the army accused of involvement in a rocket attack that killed a presidential adviser two weeks ago.

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.

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

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