Gunmen ambush passenger minibus in western Burundi
Gunmen killed a minibus driver in an ambush in western Burundi on Saturday nigh, police said Sunday.
"Four criminals armed with Kalashnikov guns ambushed the passenger minibus at Kagunuzi in Buganda district in Cibitoke province around 21:30 (19:30 GMT)," Burundian Police Spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye said.
"They shot dead the driver and seriously injured another passenger who was evacuated to one of the hospitals in the capital Bujumbura," said the spokesman.
The minibus had only the two persons on board, said Nkurikiye, adding that security forces intervened and exchanged gunshots with the gunmen and those "gunshots burned" the passenger minibus.
He said before ambushing the passenger minibus, those gunmen had ambushed a motorcycle, but the motorcyclist was unhurt.
Security has been occasionally disrupted with thefts and ambushes on the road linking Bujumbura to Cibitoke and in villages located near Burundi's Rukoko forest reserve in Gihanga on the same road.
Thefts and ambushes are often mounted by gunmen who then retreat to the territory of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.