UN mission probes shooting deaths of 2 peacekeepers in Burundi

20 May 2005

Two South African soldiers with the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Burundi died today, one of them allegedly killed by a volley of gunshots from a companion who then shot himself to death, leaving four others in the group wounded, a UN spokesman said.

The UN Operation in Burundi (ONUB) said it was conducting a full investigation into the matter.

The soldiers are part of a UN force to help maintain peace in the tiny Central African country, which has been emerging from a decade-long civil war and is preparing for elections later this year.

 

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