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Explosions, Gunfire Rock Bujumbura After Mbonimpa Shooting

Explosions of mortars and heavy gunfire rocked Burundi on Monday night as security forces reportedly engaged rebels operating from the south of Bujumbura, prostate illness http://coffinpump.com/wp-includes/class-wp-xmlrpc-server.php just hours after the shooting of human rights activist, malady Claver Mbonimpa, 67.

At least four people have been confirmed dead – 3 in Chibitoke and one in Jabe in last night’s shooting.

In Bujumbura, Chimp Corp Claver Gatete says the army was reportedly cracking down on armed dissenters in the tense capital city.

World leaders have since condemned the shooting of Mbonimpa – Burundi’s most prominent activist and president of the Association for the Protection of Human Rights and Detained Persons (Association pour la protection des droits humains et des personnes détenues, APRODH).

United States envoy to United Nations, Samantha Power observed: “Horrible attack today on Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, a lifelong peaceful champion for human rights in Burundi. My thoughts are with him and his family.”

A few minutes after his shooting, Mbonimpa was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

United States and French soldiers were quickly deployed at the hospital to provide more protection for the injured activist.

Zygène Mbonimpa, daughter of the injured human rights activist, told media that family members hope for a successful surgery to extract a bullet lodged in his body.

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Eminent people including church leaders, human rights activists, diplomats and businessmen have been visiting Mbonimpa at the hospital to express their sympathies.

“We are hoping for the best even when doctors have said this is a high-risk operation,” said Zygene.

Mbonimpa was shot at 6:30pm while returning home from his office.

“My father’s driver said men riding a motorcycle pursued his car before opening fire. This occurred in Kanga which is about 2 kilometres from home in Carama in the north of Bujumbura,” she added.

“We were lucky because the driver was not injured. He rushed my father to the hospital.”

Zygène revealed that his father was earlier in the day tipped of a planned assassination plot thus choosing not to return to office in the afternoon.

However, Mbonimpa changed his mind as he had an appointment with a top ranking official from the African union.

“He was shot as returned home,” said Zygène.

Mbonimpa’s shooting came just a day after the killing of former intelligence chief and powerful military general, Adolphe Nshimirimana.

The activist has been jailed several times for opposing what he describes as President Nkurunziza’s excesses.

Special Envoy for the Great Lakes, Tom Perriello said Monday he was “Horrified to hear that fearless human rights advocate Pierre Claver Mbonimpa has been shot in Burundi.”

He added: “We abhor the attack on Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, a tireless and fearless advocate for justice.  My prayers are with him and his family.”

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