Emmanuel Niyonkuru, 54, the country’s water, environment and planning minister, was shot dead shortly after midnight on New Year’s Eve in the most high-profile killing since Burundi’s political crisis began nearly two years ago.
Police were quick to term the killing an “assassination” although the motive for the attack was not immediately clear.
Prosecutor general Sylvestre Nyandwi told journalists that the minister had been shot in the head as he returned home in the capital Bujumbura.
“After this foul act, investigations began quickly and six suspected perpetrators were apprehended, including four men and two women,” he said.
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