Burundi:Environment minister Niyonkuru shot dead


Burundi’s environment minister has been shot dead while on his way home on New Year’s Eve.

Emmanuel Niyonkuru, 54, was killed at about 00:45 local time (22:45 GMT) by “a criminal with a gun”, a police spokesman tweeted.

Tweets from Pierre Nkurikiye said a woman who was with Mr Niyonkuru had been detained for questioning, following the “assassination”.

Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza said the crime would not go unpunished.

Hundreds of people, including high-ranking army officials, have been killed in unrest since President Pierre Nkurunziza ran for a ”third term” in 2015, a move which opponents said was unconstitutional.

But this is the first time a serving government minister has been killed.

For months the country had been relatively calm.

By Africafrique and agencies

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