A group of heavily armed attackers ambushed and killed Burundi general, Athanase Kararuza along with his wife right in front of their daughter as they were dropping her off at school in Bujumbara. The assassinated General was also a security advisor to Burundi's vice-president. The Gunmen fired at General Athanase Kararuza’s car, killing him and his wife instantly. Their daughter survived the ambush but was injured and rushed to the hospital.
More than 400 people have been killed in unrest since President Pierre Nkurunziza said he would run for a third term last April and a string of high-ranking army officials have been targeted during the conflict. Security forces have also been accused by Amnesty Officials of killing opponents and dumping them in mass graves.
Shortly after the attack, the International Criminal court announced that it was starting a preliminary investigation into the violence in Burundi. This will decide whether a full-blown investigation will take place, which could result in charges against those accused of being behind the violence.