One of Burundi President, Pierre Nkurunziza’s lieutenants, General Adolphe Nshimirimana, has been assassinated in a drive-by shooting, prompting further fears for the country’s stability.
Gen Nshimirimana, a former army chief of staff and the current senior security adviser to the president, was shot dead on Sunday as he and his bodyguards drove through the Kamenge neighbourhood of the capital Bujumbura.
The Telegraph reports that the attackers also tossed a grenade into the car. Gen Adolphe, as he was known locally, died shortly afterwards from his injuries.
His death follows warnings last month by an exiled military leader involved in a failed coup against Mr Nkurunziza in mid-May that he and his allies would continue a militarised struggle against the regime.
Burundi witnessed widespread protests against Mr Nkurunziza last month for seeking a third term in office. Opposition parties boycotted parliamentary and presidential elections.
In a live radio and television address on Monday, Mr Nkurunziza said:”Burundi has just lost a great servant, Gen Adolphe Nshimirimana was a hardworking man”.
He ordered a team of investigators to report back within a week on who was responsible, adding: “I call on all Burundians, in their respective hills and neighbourhoods, to remain calm and united.”