An international arrest warrant has been issued by Burundi against it’s exiled opposition politician Alexis Sinduhije, accusing him of leading a group responsible for multiple “terrorist acts”.
The announcement, made by the country’s attorney general Sylvestre Nyandwi late on Wednesday, followed a series of attacks in the troubled East African nation in recent days that have left at least six people dead and more than 100 wounded.
The warrant also relates to attacks that have been carried out since the start of 2020 Nyandwi said.
“The investigations already carried out have revealed that these acts are committed by a band of terrorists led by … Alexis Sinduhije”, the attorney general said.
“Under national and international law, these acts constitute acts of terrorism, as well as crimes against humanity.”
Sinduhije, who lives in exile in Belgium is the president of the opposition Movement for Solidarity and Development (MSD).
He has long been suspected by the Burundian government of being the leader of Burundi’s most active rebel group in the country; RED-Tabara. He has always denied the claim.
The group which emerged 10 years ago and has a rear base in South Kivu in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo claimed responsibility for a series of mortar blasts targeting the airport in Burundi’s financial capital, Bujumbura, on Saturday night.