Burundi: Increasing Attacks On Opposition Party Leaders As Mbonimpa Treated In Belgium

Human rights activist Pierre-Claver Mbonimpa left Burundi on Sunday (9 August) to seek treatment in Belgium after he was the victim of an attempted assassination in the capital Bujumbura on 3 August.

Hit by two bullets to the face and neck, Mbonimpa was seriously injured, and was originally treated in Bujumbura before being flown to Belgium.

"Since the assassination attempt, we have been insisting that his safety was threatened, that there was a risk of him being killed in his hospital bed by the very people who had wanted to murder him," Jeremie Minani, the spokesman of the Movement Arusha coalition, the umbrella platform that brings together civil society and opposition who are against President Pierre Nkurunziza's third term, told RFI.

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