Killing of Burundian presidential candidate condemned

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The police in Bujumbura, Burundi, have increasingly broken up opposition party gatherings. Photo: IRIN/Desire Nimubona

The killing of a Burundian presidential candidate has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Zedi Feruzi, leader of the opposition UPD was shot dead in the country's capital Bujumbura late on Saturday night.

It's the latest incident connected to political unrest in Burundi.

Daniel Dickinson reports

The Great Lakes country has experienced seven weeks of violent protest against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term in office.

More than 100,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries because of the unrest.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the killing of Mr Feruzi threatened to "entrench mistrust and trigger further violence."

His killing came just one day after a fatal grenade attack on Bujumbura’s central market that left two dead and many others wounded.

Mr Ban urged the Burundian authorities to take concrete steps to prevent political killings and violence.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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