Burundi intelligence arrests journalist, infants

Burundi security agents on duty

Burundi National Intelligence Service (SNR) on Tuesday arrested an employee of radio Maria in the capital Bujumbura.

According to SOS Media Burundi, Joseph Bananeno, a resident of the zone area, spent the night in the dungeon of this area (Centre of the capital).

“The agents came to our station in the morning to find out where Joseph was. We told them he wasn’t there. They went away,” said one of the reporters working with radio Maria.

Last Sunday, Bananeno reported to the police a suspect who had a gun.

The journalist explained that the suspect wanted to attack the Archbishop of Bujumbura, Monsignor Evariste Ngoyagoye.


In a tweet, the police spokesman said that the journalist is being sued for causing “disorder in public order”.

He was scheduled to be questioned by a magistrate on Wednesday.

More arrests

Police on Wednesday arrested three people from Jimbi hill in the commune of Kibago, province of Makamba, South of the country during a search operation.

They were suspected to be in possession of a pair of boots after an Identity Card Control operation.

14 women, two infants and two minors were also arrested by ruling party militias on orders of the local administrator.

Women arrested are accused of prostitution. Some of them say they were taken from their houses with two young girls.

The Administrator of Makamba, Japhet Ntungwanayo, believes that women in question create insecurity.

Meanwhile, three people travelling on a motorcycle fell into an ambush of armed men Wednesday in Kabuyenge in the commune of Gisuru, province of Ruyigi, East of the country.

Two of them were injured by bullets and are currently in intensive care at hospital.

The third person narrowly escaped, but was stripped of a large amount of money equivalent to 11 million francs.

The Defence and security forces, the local administration and the population claim to be in pursuit of criminals from Tanzania.



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