World Bulletin / News Desk
At least two people were killed overnight in the Burundian capital Bujumbura, relatives and friends said on Sunday, a day before parliamentary elections were due to be held amid an opposition boycott and fears of violence.
In the night to Sunday, a police officer shot and killed a university student in Bujumbura's Jabe neighbourhood while he was returning home from visiting family, his brother said, giving his name only as Alexis for security reasons.
"A policemen who shot at him was close to him. Patrick was stabbed by a bayonet by the same policeman," Alexis told Reuters, still visibly in shock from the killing.
A Reuters witness said loud explosions could be heard during the night in other parts of the city, accompanied by suspected gunfire.
Also in Jabe, another man was killed in a suspected grenade attack, his friend said.
"Someone called him yesterday night during the shootings. He went out and did not return. We ask the government to stop this," said the victim's friend said, giving his name only as Ibrahim.
Police spokesmen were not immediately available to comment.Last Mod: 28 Haziran 2015, 13:39