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Bujumbura – Burundi’s prosecutor on Sunday said the killers of a powerful general loyal to President Pierre Nkurunziza had been identified and “a certain number” had been arrested.
General Adolphe Nshimirimana, widely seen as Burundi’s de-facto internal security chief, was killed in a rocket attack on August 2.
He was a close aide of president Nkurunziza, whose successful bid for a third term has fuelled violence resulting in about a hundred deaths, a crackdown on protests and an exodus of citizens fleeing the country.
“The identities of the perpetrators are now known,” a statement issued by the prosecutor’s office said.
“A certain number have been arrested. The rest of them and the masterminds are being sought.”
It did not give further details. Police spokesperson Pierre Nkurikiye confirmed the authenticity of the statement to AFP but did not elaborate.Read More
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