Call for restraint in Burundi where "sense of fear" rules

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Burundians fled the country amid pre-election violence and the UN human rights office says people fear more trouble. Photo: UNHCR/Kate Holt

Attacks on a journalist and a well-known human rights defender in Burundi prompted the UN human rights office (OHCHR) on Tuesday to issue a call for restraint from all opposing groups.

News agency journalist Esdras Ndikumana was allegedly assaulted by state security forces on Monday, while rights activist Pierre Claver Mbonimpa was targeted in a separate attack.

The assaults come after the killing of General Adolphe Nshimirimana in a rocket attack at the weekend, OHCHR spokesperson Cécile Pouilly told Daniel Johnson.

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