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Two killed in Burundi after vote

Tuesday June 29 2010


Two people were killed overnight in Burundi and two others wounded in violence that followed a controversial presidential election in which incumbent Pierre Nkurunziza was the only candidate.

“In Muramvya province, men snuck into a home at midnight (2100 GMT) and shot dead a former soldier and his wife at point blank,” army spokesman Gaspard Baratuza told AFP.

He also said that four grenade attacks were reported in the capital Bujumbura and else where in the country, injuring two people.

Escaped unhurt

One of the attacks targeted the home of General Evariste Ndayishimiye, a key Nkurunziza adviser, who escaped unhurt. It was not immediately possible to ascertain whether all incidents were politically motivated but such violence has killed 10 and wounded more than 60 since an electoral dispute broke out more than a month ago. The violence occurred moments after a polling stations closed following an election that turned into a de facto referendum over Nkurunziza’s popularity.


All opposition parties had pulled out of the presidential race charging that the May 24 local council polls.

Violence has surged since and Nkurunziza’s erstwhile presidential rival and former rebel Agathon Rwasa has gone into hiding. (AFP)