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Burundi rights activist shot and wounded in the capital

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A civic leader in Burundi says a leading rights activist in the country has been shot and wounded by unknown assailants in the capital, Bujumbura.


   Vital Nshimirimana said Monday that Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, president of The Association for the Protection of Human Rights and Detained Persons, was fired upon while walking home late Monday. He gave no more details.


   The shooting comes a day after the assassination of Adolphe Nshimirimana, a top military general who was a close ally of President Pierre Nkurunziza.
   There is fear that Nshimirimana's killing could spark revenge attacks against perceived opponents of the regime.


   Burundi has been on edge since April after the ruling party nominated Nkurunziza to be its candidate in presidential elections, setting off frequent and often violent street protests in Bujumbura.

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