Burundi violence spirals out of control as ten are killed

Christophe Nkezabahizi had worked with the national broadcaster for 31 years as a Cameraman, he was killed with his entire family

Christophe Nkezabahizi had worked with the national broadcaster for 31 years as a Cameraman, he was killed with his entire family

The police in Burundi says ten people have been killed including five assailants who set off grenade explosions that claimed 4 lives.

Among the dead is the longtime cameraman of the country’s national broadcaster RTNB Christophe Nkezabahizi who was killed in his home alongside his wife and 2 children.

Nkezabahizi had worked at Burundi’s National Television and Radio since 1984.

The Police Spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye confirmed the deaths to RTNB saying the police managed to kill five attackers. 1 Policeman is reported to have died in the violence although residents in Ngagagara neighbourhood in the north of the Capital Bujumbura say 2 police officers were killed in the shootout with the assailants.

According to the police, the killing started around 3 pm Bujumbura time when three police officers were abducted and shot.

The deadly violence coincided with the celebrations to mark the 54th commemoration of Burundi’s Independence hero Louis Rwagasore.

Election related violence that has paralyzed the tiny East/Central African nation has claimed hundreds of lives and forced hundreds of thousand out of the country as refugees.

Following the July controversial presidential poll after which President Pierre Nkurunziza won the contentious third term, targeted political killings have claimed several prominent politicians and military officials.

Grenade explosions and gun fire occur on a daily basis as the government struggles to restore peace and stability in Burundi particularly in the capital Bujumbura.

President Nkurunziza has set a month deadline for the public owning illegal weapons to voluntarily report them to authorities or risk heavy legal consequences.

Experts say guns and grenades are ubiquitous across Bujumbura and the government faces a great challenge recovering them.