A former Burundi minister for East African Community (EAC) affairs, Hafsa Mossi, has been shot dead by unknown gunmen outside her home in Bujumbura.
Mossi, who was an MP in the East African parliament and a former BBC Swahili service journalist, was shot dead in the capital Bujumbura on Wednesday, police said.
“Hon. Mossi assassinated 10.30 in Gihosha”, in the east of Bujumbura by, “two criminals in a vehicle,” police spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye said on Twitter.
“She was near her home and a tinted car knocked her from behind, she went out to see what happened and was shot twice,” a close relative told also told The EastAfrican.
She was Burundi’s information minister and government spokeswoman between 2005-2007, and was, at the time of her death, a member of the East African Legislative Assembly, a regional parliament.
The killing is the latest in a series of targeted assassinations of top government officers by unknown armed groups.
Mossi, a former journalist in her 50s, was a member of President Pierre Nkurunziza’s ruling CNDD-FDD party.
Nkurunziza’s controversial but ultimately successful bid for a third term last year triggered a deadly crisis that has killed more than 500 people and driven around 270,000 to leave the country.
Several senior military officers close to the president have been assassinated since the start of the crisis in April 2015, but Mossi, who was not regarded as a party hardliner, is the first senior politician to be killed.