Burundi cops shot dead as gunfire rocks capital


Burundi police officers patrol the streets

The shooting of bullets and grenade explosions are being reported in Ngagara this morning, north of the capital Bujumbura in the tense Burundi.

Similar reports are coming in from Musaga, Kanyosha, Mutakura, Cibitoke and downtown Ruyigi districts.

A one Como Nduwarugira, 28, is reported to have been shot by police outside his home Musaga on Wednesday, September 2, 2015.

According to witnesses, a policeman standing 200 meters from the house Como (Musaga, 3rd Avenue) shot the victim who died some time later.

A native of Kirundo, single, Como was shopkeeper and did not belong to any political party.

His body was evacuated by a military ambulance, administrator Musaga refused to pay the communal truck for this operation.

All day, Musaga experienced police shootings, the population has remained cloistered in homes.

Meanwhile, AFP reports that atleast four people have so far died in renewed clashes.

Police and witnesses said clashes erupted Tuesday night in several parts of the central African nation’s capital Bujumbura and have been blamed on armed “insurgents” by the police.

“Two insurgents were killed this morning when they fired on police in Jabe (district) and their weapons were seized,” deputy police chief Godefroid Bizimana told AFP.

Two more bodies were found on Wednesday between the districts of Musaga and Kanyosha.

“Since this morning, the district of Musaga is ringed by police and the army. The security forces are carrying out a systematic search of the area to look for weapons,” Bizimana said.

Witnesses said the fresh unrest, which comes after several days of relative calm, was sparked by the alleged killing of two opposition activists by police on Sunday.

The president won a highly-controversial third term in July in polls the United Nations said were not free or fair, and which sparked an attempted coup and months of civil unrest led by opposition groups who condemned his re-election bid as unconstitutional.

More killings and arrests

SOS Media Burundi reports that in Rumonge (South of Burundi), two people were gravely injured Tuesday night in an explosion of grenades that hit a home at 8th Avenue Du Quartier Swahili.

Police said two suspects were arrested and victims hospitalised.

Activist Pacific Nininahazwe says in Nyakabiga, three other young people were arrested by Police at the 9th Avenue and their destination remains unknown.

It later emerged that they could have taken to Sobecov Bwiza on 4th Avenue, the seat of the municipal office.

In Jabe, two youngmen, Akimana and Bernard, were also arrested.

In the same area, a lifeless body was found following a night of explosions and gunfire.

“We’re all in, some are sleeping because they are used, others expect the end,” said one resident of Jabe.

Sources tell us the real number of the police officers killed is still unknown.

Some have put it at nine [9] cops killed and about 20 injured in the violence.

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