Burundi rights group reports 300 death squad killings

Mail and Guardian

Government-backed death squads have killed more than 300 members of Burundi’s former rebel group and opposition supporters in covert operations over the past five months, a rights group said on Tuesday.

The group said the Central African country’s regime and its proxies have waged a systematic campaign of extrajudicial killings against the former rebels, who went back to the bush after pulling out of 2010 polls over fraud claims.

“A devilish killing machine is targeting opposition activists,” said Onesphore Nduwayo, the head of Government Action Observatory, a coalition of civil society groups.

“For over five months now, more than 300 demobilised FNL [National Liberation Forces] fighters have been killed,” he added. “These people were arrested by the Imbonerakure [ruling party youth wing] or by police or secret service members, and were taken to unknown places where they were killed.” Read more…

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