BUJUMBURA: A Burundi official says two police officers were killed ahead of voting in the contentious presidential election in which President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term has triggered a crisis in the country.
Willy Nyamitwe, the presidential adviser for information and media, said Tuesday one policeman was shot dead in the Mutakura suburb and another in the outskirts of the city Monday night when explosions gunfire rang out in opposition strongholds. The body of an opposition official was earlier found on the roadside in another suburb, bringing the death toll to three.
The opposition and the government blame each other for the overnight violence.
Opponents say Nkurunziza must go because the constitution limits the president to two terms.