2 killed in violence linked to Burundi president's new term

2016-05-25 15:08
Protesters are seen behind a fire barricade as they chant anti-government slogans before clashing with riot police in Burundi’s capital city, Bujumbura, on Tuesday. Picture: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

Protesters are seen behind a fire barricade as they chant anti-government slogans before clashing with riot police in Burundi’s capital city, Bujumbura, on Tuesday. Picture: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

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Bujumbura - A Burundi official says gunmen killed two people including a local police chief in the central province of Mwaro, in continuing violence associated with President Pierre Nkurunziza's extended time in power.

Aloys Ndenzaki, chief of Ndava community in Mwaro, said on Wednesday around 10 men riding motorcycles - two armed with guns - killed the chief of judicial police who was at a beer warehouse. Ndenzaki says the owner of the warehouse was wounded. The group then killed a guard at the ruling party's offices before trying to torch the building.

Nkurunziza's third term in office has been opposed by many who say it's unconstitutional. The April 2015 announcement of Nkurunziza's candidacy sparked violent streets protests, which boiled over into an attempted coup and rebellion. Nkurunziza won the polls in July.

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