A new data update of the recent unrest in Burundi has been released by ACLED. This eighth update covering the events from 26 April to 8 August can be found here. Real-time data mainly draw on crowd-sourced information available from 2015Burundi as well as from ACLED’s weekly real-time conflict data release.
Last week, Bujumbura experienced recurring anti-civilian actions by unknown men, targeting both opposition and governmental sides. Ex-Chief of Intelligence Services and member of National Council for Democracy and Development (CNDD) – Adolphe Nshimirimana – was killed on Monday (2 August 2015) and the leader of Burundian civil society – Pierre-Claver Mponimpa – was seriously wounded on Tuesday (3 August 2015).
Following these events, riots occurred with cars set on fire. Alongside these arising tensions, several provincial leaders of the opposition parties (the Movement for Solidarity and Development; the Front for Democracy in Burundi; the National Forces of Liberation) were arrested and jailed for several hours/days for allegedly supporting rebel movements. Meanwhile, the Imbonerakure (CNDD-FDD faction) remained involved in several anti-civilians actions.
For more on Burundi local data coverage and analysis, see the prior posts on this topic.