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Burundi president condemns general’s killing as violence grows

Burundian President, Pierre Nkurunziza, has condemned the killing of a senior army officer, who was shot along with his wife and bodyguard on Monday in Bujumbura in an attack that also wounded their child.

Brig.-Gen. Athanase Kararuza, a former Military Adviser in the office of the vice president, was dropping his child at a school in a neighbourhood of the capital Bujumbura on Monday when his car was attacked by rocket and gun fire.

He commended the dedication of Kararuza who has previously worked as a Deputy Commander of an International Peace Force in the Central African Republic (CAR).
“He energetically fought against the coup plotters last year and exceptionally contributed in strengthening peace and security during and after elections.

“We humbly pray that with the help of God perpetrators of the shameful acts are arrested and quickly punished according to the law,’’he said. (Reuters/NAN)

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