Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, A leading rights activist in Burundi and president of The Association for the Protection of Human Rights and Detained Persons, was shot and wounded late Monday by unknown assailants in the capital, Bujumbura.
Adolphe Nshimirimana, a top military general close to the president, was assassinated in a drive-by shooting on Sunday in Burundi.
Following the killing of Nshimirimana witnesses say gunfire could be heard throughout Bujumbura. Many fear the killing of Nshimirimana will spark revenge attacks against opponents of the regime.
Public protests began in Bujumbura on April 26 with the announcement of President Pierre Nkurunziza’s election bid for a third presidential term. Police shot and beat people, even those that proposed no physical threat. Radio stations were closed down and many members of the media were threatened by the regime. Medical personnel and human rights activists reportedly received death threats causing many to flee into hiding.
In less than one month of protests, Burundi police figures showed almost 900 individuals arrested in connection with the protests. While authorities claimed an estimated 550 were released roughly 300 were held and transferred to the public prosecutor’s office. Of the 900 people arrested over 50% were said to be minors.
On Sunday night police also reported, Three policemen injured by a grenade in Cibitoke, and a civilian injured by a bullet in Jabe during a sting operation in Bujumbura.