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Environment minister shot dead amid political turmoil in Burundi

The environment minister has been shot dead in Burundi, where political turmoil over the president's extended term has led to political killings.

Emmanuel Niyonkuru was shot as he arrived home on Saturday night, police spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye said.

Mr Nkurikiye said three people have been arrested including the minister's watchman and his security detail.

In a tweet, President Pierre Nkurunziza confirmed the killing and said "this crime will not go unpunished".

Burundi has faced widespread international criticism over the deadly political turmoil that followed Mr Nkurunziza's pursuit of a third term last year, which many in the country said was unconstitutional.

Hundreds of people have been killed in streets protests, an attempted coup, rebel attacks and seemingly tit-for-tat killing between Government and opposition supporters.

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