Pierre Nkurunziza
Pierre Nkurunziza

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza has given seven days to investigators to arrest those who killed former army chief of staff Jean Bikomagu on Saturday.

Pierre Nkurunziza
Pierre Nkurunziza
“Entitled institutions are given seven days to investigate, identify and bring criminals before trial,” said Gervais Abayeho, presidential spokesman in a condolence message sent to the family of the retired colonel.

According to the president’s spokesman, the “loss of Bikomagu” is a “loss that the whole country is suffering.”
In the message, the president called on all the Burundian people to remain “united” in order to avoid falling in the wrongdoers’ trap.

Bikomagu was shot dead in his car near his home in Kabondo in the capital Bujumbura by unidentified gunmen, as he was going back home from a church service.

During the gunfire, Bikomagu’s daughter was also seriously injured.

Bikomagu, Tutsi, was the army chief of staff between 1993 and 1997 when the Hutu rebel movements were fighting the then army dominated Tutsi.

Bikomagu’s assassination followed the killing of Burundi’s former intelligence chief, Hutu Lieutenant General Adolphe Nshimirimana, who was killed on August 2 in Bujumbura. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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