Nun, doctor shot dead in Burundi

2011-11-28 14:24
Bujumbura - Gunmen killed a Croatian nun and an Italian doctor who were working in a psychiatric clinic in northern Burundi, the head of the clinic said on Monday.

Although the landlocked central African nation has been plagued by rampant insecurity this year, the killings on Sunday night in the northern district of Kiremba, is the first targeting foreign aid workers since 2007.

"The armed bandits first cut the power and entered by force in the sisters' compound. They ordered the Croatian nun to give them money, and after that they shot her and she died immediately," said Father Rangoni Luciano from Italy, who works with the charity that runs the clinic.

The attackers kidnapped the Italian doctor forcing him to drive them and later killed him, added father Luciano. Local police confirmed the incident.

The Italian foreign ministry said at least one person was killed when attackers stormed the residence of the "Handmaids of Charity" in Ngozi in northern Burundi on Sunday.

An Italian helper at the mission, which works with the local hospital, was taken hostage and then killed, the ministry said in a statement.

Coffee-producing Burundi has enjoyed relative peace since Hutu rebel group, Forces for National Liberation, laid down its weapons and joined the government in 2009 after almost two decades of war.

But attacks on civilians and soldiers have intensified since elections last year were widely boycotted by the opposition.

Read more on:    burundi  |  east africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Month End Madness Sale!

Save up to 60% on across a wide range of goods from books to electronics, DVDs and many more. Sale end 31 January 2015. Shop now!

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Something is blocking the flow of things today and it is easy to become frustrated and pessimistic. The problem is that your mind...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.