The leader of a Burundian opposition party who had spoken up against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to stand for a third-term in office; has been shot dead in the capital Bujumbura.

The body of Zedi Feruzi, the head of the Union for Peace and Development, was seen lying outside his home.

Pictured above; crowds gathered outside Feruzi’s house, inspecting his bloodied body. 
Residents said a third person, believed to be another police officer tasked with protecting Feruzi, was seriously injured in the incident.

“We heard around 20 gunshots, everyone fell to the ground, people saw a Toyota car speeding away,” said a neighbour, who did not witness the shooting himself.

Around an hour after the attack police had yet to arrive at the scene, according to the AFP news agency.

Saturday’s assassination will add to tensions in Burundi after a month of protests against President Nkurunziza.

A coup attempt to remove Nkurunziza by army officers opposed to his decision to contest the presidential vote failed after the intervention of loyal members of the military.

More than 20 people have died in anti-government protests since the president’s announcement to stand in late April.


Picture Credit: AFP/Getty Images

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