Another leading member of President Pierre Nkurunziza’s ruling CNDD-FDD party has been assassinated in the capital, Bujumbura.
Come Harerimana, president of the CNDD FDD chapter in Kanyosha district, was heading to his office on the back of a motor bike Wednesday when a crowd threw stones at him, the officials said.
Harerimana was pulled from the motorcycle and shot.
The murder, according to VOA and Reuters agencies, is the third high profile attack in four days as the crisis in Burundi deepens.
Jacob Enoh Eben, spokesman for the African Union, issued “a very strong condemnation of the sort of barbaric acts that [are] going on in Burundi right now.”
He said, “The AU is calling on all Burundians to exercise the highest level of restraint and to really remain calm and not be provoked by these acts.”
Harerimana’s murder came two days after the assassination attempt on Pierre-Claver Mbonimpa, a human rights activist who was shot in the face Monday, but is now recovering at a hospital.
Sunday, General Adolphe Nshimirimana, a former intelligence chief and close aide to Mr. Nkurunziza, was assassinated when his car was ambushed.
“We have realised that people from institutions are being targeted by these unknown murderers” in the capital, Bujumbura, police spokesperson Pierre Nkurikiye said late Wednesday in a televised statement.
Armed men wearing security forces uniforms are behind the attacks and police are investigating their identities, he is quoted by Bloomberg as saying.
Nkurikiye said the toll included General Adolphe Nshimirimana, the country’s former head of intelligence and an adviser to President Pierre Nkurunziza, who was killed on August 2.
The reign of terror
Burundi army spokesperson of the army says a Colonel of 311 battalion in charge of security RTNB was yesterday injured in attacks but is not dead.
Inama yabarundi reports mass arrests including those confined for illegal possession of weapons.
A demobilized member was arrested Tuesday at Kibimba Mabanda for holding a machete when he went to the fields.
Two opposition activists were also arrested for being part of the rebel movement and detained in Kayogoro dungeon.
Opposition politician, Agathon Rwasa’s FNL activist was also arrested in Buringa and taken to SNR Buja on accusations of collaborating with one armed group based in Rukoko.
A total of four men suspected of rebel connections were arrested Monday at Rugazi before being released on Tuesday after police interrogation.
A flyer announcing an imminent coup was found Monday in Busoni leading to more arrests.
Other three people are being at Ntega dungeon for having welcomed the death of Lieutenant General Adolphe Nshimirimana while another member of the opposition of al Ruhehe is being held at Bugabira dingeon on the same charge.