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Burundi crisis: MP Hafsa Mossi shot dead in Bujumbura

Hafsa Mossi Image copyright East African parliament
Image caption Hafsa Mossi used to work for the BBC Swahili service

A former government minister has been shot dead in the Burundi capital, Bujumbura by unknown gunmen.

Hafsa Mossi was an MP in the East African parliament and a former BBC Swahili service journalist.

President Pierre Nkurunziza called it an assassination, and a vile and cowardly act.

There has been an increase in violence in Burundi since Mr Nkurunziza declared last year that he would run for a controversial third term.

The killing comes as the latest talks aimed at resolving the Burundi conflict hit a snag in the northern Tanzanian town of Arusha.

Government officials rejected the presence of members of the opposition effectively stopping the resumption of the negotiations

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Officials have said Ms Mossi was "shot by criminals".

The BBC's Ismail Misigaro in Bujumbura reports that her body has been taken to the military hospital in the city.


Timeline - Burundi crisis

  • April 2015: Protests erupt after President Pierre Nkurunziza announces he will seek a third term in office
  • May 2015: Constitutional court backs Mr Nkurunziza's bid. Tens of thousands flee as demonstrations continue
  • May 2015: Army officers launch a coup attempt, which fails
  • July 2015: Elections are held, with Mr Nkurunziza re-elected. The polls are disputed, with opposition leader Agathon Rwasa describing them as "a joke"
  • December 2015: 87 people killed on one day as soldiers respond to an attack on military sites in Bujumbura
  • January 2016: Allegations emerge of mass graves and gang-rapes by Burundian security forces
  • April 2016: The UN approves a resolution paving the way for a UN police force to be deployed in Burundi

President Nkurunziza in profile

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Burundi: Key facts

The country is facing its worst turmoil since the 12-year civil war ended in 2005

  • 10.4m population

  • 50 years - life expectancy for a man

  • 2nd poorest country in the world

  • 85% are Hutu, 14% Tutsi

  • 300,000 died in civil war

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