Gunmen in trenchcoats burst into a bar firing at drinkers in Burundi’s capital Bujumbura killing five, police said Friday, the latest in a string of attacks in the troubled country.
Four civilians and a soldier were killed and three others were wounded in the shooting late on Thursday, reports AFP news agency.
“A group of four armed criminals wearing long coats entered … they started shooting at customers,” police spokesman Moise Nkurunziza said.
Former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa, who is leading mediation efforts to help end the political crisis, said that Monday’s meeting in Arusha would be delayed.
Meanwhile, divisions are reported in the army following the assassination of General Athanase Kararuza, also a security advisor to one of Burundi’s vice presidents.
Human Rights Minister Martin Nivyabandi was seriously wounded on Sunday in a grenade attack that left him seriously wounded.
Assassinations of senior officers and secret defections are crippling Burundi’s army, one year into a crisis that has created hundreds of thousands of refugees and led to the revival of hate speech previously used to fuel genocidal massacres, according to theguardian.
The military was once a symbol and defender of the country’s reconciliation, with quotas for majority Hutus and minority Tutsis that prevented it becoming the fiefdom of either group.
But it is now being ripped apart by fear, suspicion and the destruction of its top ranks.