Opposition activist shot dead in Burundi

Bujumbura - A Burundian opposition activists has been shot dead east of the capital Bujumbura, witnesses said on Sunday, as violence linked to the controversial election victory of President Pierre Nkurunziza persists.

Pontien Barutwanayo was gunned down at a bar in Isale, 30km east of Bujumbura late on Saturday. Three other people were injured in the attack.

Barutwanayo was a member of the main opposition party National Liberation Forces, which boycotted a parliamentary election in June and a presidential ballot a month later.

Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in office sparked months of violent protests in which about 80 people were killed. Critics said his candidacy violated the constitution and the 2000 Arusha agreement, which led to the end of a 12-year civil war in 2005.

Nkurunziza's victory has been followed by explosions and killings in Bujumbura. More than 20 people have been killed, according to Burundi's National Independent Human Rights Commission.

Fatalities have included people who opposed Nkurunziza's third term, as well as a former army chief and a former intelligence chief.

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