Burundi’s environment minister, Emmanuel Niyonkuru has been shot dead by unknown assailants in the capital Bujumbura, police said.
Niyonkuru, 54, the country’s water, environment and planning minister, was “killed by a criminal with a gun on his way home to Rohero, around 00:45,” according to a tweet sent by police spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye. He added that a woman has been arrested following the “assassination”.
The murder, the first of a serving government minister since Burundi sank into turmoil over President Pierre Nkurunziza’s controversial bid for a third term in 2015, comes after months of relative calm.
At least 500 people have been killed and 300,000 have fled the country since unrest began in April 2015.