Five people were shot dead today in the Cibitoke area of Burundi's capital Bujumbura. The area is considered a stronghold of the opposition against President Pierre Nkurunziza, whose decision to run and obtain a controversial third term in office sparked protests that left hundreds dead.
Witnesses told the media that the 5 victims were shot by policemen who arrived in the area on a pickup truck, during a search for suspects connected to a grenade attack against security forces.
News of these latest killings comes a day after talks between a Burundian government delegation and representatives of the European Union in Brussels on human rights. The outcome of the talks was deemed unsatisfactory by the EU and Burundi now risks sanctions.