Former Burundi minister for East African Community (EAC) affairs Hafsa Mossi has been shot dead by unknown gunmen outside her home in Bujumbura.
Narrating what happened, a close relative told The East African: “She was inside her car near her home when a tinted car knocked her from behind. She went out to see what happened and was shot twice.”
The killing comes as the latest talks aimed at resolving the Burundi conflict hit a snag in the northern Tanzanian town of Arusha
Ms Mossi was the chairman of the East African Legislative Assembly's (EALA) Burundi chapter and had played a critical role in Burundi’s integration into the EAC.
She was the first Burundi EAC minister and had been conducting sensitisation workshops with the EALA's Burundi chapter with different stakeholders at the grassroots level on the benefits of Burundi's integration into the bloc.
The killing is the latest in a series of targeted assassinations of top government officers by unknown armed groups.
The political crisis in Burundi began last year when President Pierre Nkurunziza decided to run for a third term, sparking protests. Since then, more than 500 people have been killed and thousands have fled the country fearing for their lives.