Burundi key presidential aide wounded in assassination bid

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A top adviser to Burundi’s president Pierre Nkurunziza has survived an assassination attempt in the capital, Bujumbura.

Willy Nyamitwe was attacked near his home on Monday night.

The AFP news agency reports that he was ambushed by gunmen who were hiding in a nearby house under construction.

His bodyguard was killed in the attack.

The attackers used grenade and guns, the report adds.

His bother, Alain Aime Nyamitwe, who is also the country’s foreign minister said on Twitter that his brother had survived the attack.

Burundi has experienced political violence since April 2015 after Mr Nkurunziza announced he would seek a controversial third term.

The BBC’s Prime Ndikumagenge in Bujumbura says Willy Nyamitwe is one of the key figures of Mr NKurunziza’s government.

He has a high profile in the media and on social media where he defends the regime against criticism from the international community regarding accusations of human rights violations.

 

Source: BBC