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Burundian Journalist Arrested Over Provocative Article

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Burundi security officials on Saturday arrested a journalist over an inflammatory article he wrote doubting the country’s security capability and readiness in case of an attack.

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Jean Claude Kavumbagu who runs the online news agency Net Press in Burundi’s capital Bujumbura was arrested on Saturday for writing an article that was associated with the attacks that happened in Kampala a week ago. He wrote in a July 12 article: “If Somali Islamists had to try something in Burundi, it would be easy since our defense and security forces are much better in looting and killing innocent people than defending the nation.” Jean Claude is not new to the Burundi law enforcers, he has been previously arrested several times over his criticism of the government.

Al Shabaab, an Al-Qaeda proxy in the horn of African country has waged an all out war on Burundi and Uganda since they are the only two nations that have troops in the volatile bullet riddled nation. On 11th July 2010, twin explosions hit the Ugandan capital of Kampala at a rugby pitch and at an Ethiopian hotel leaving 76 people dead and scores injured.

Radical militant group of Al Shabaab immediately claimed responsibility of the attacks. Somalia has been without a functional government since 1991 after warlords toppled Gen. Siad Bare’s regime.

News Report By Abdulaziz Billow
Abdulaziz Billow is AfrobeatRadio’s correspondent for East Africa.

Abdulaziz Billow is a Kenyan born Somali Journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya. Growing up, his desire was to be a well known journalist in and outside his country. Abdulaziz Billow has a strong desire in learning more from other people and cultures. He finds it most interesting and gratifying working with peoples of diverse cultures, races and religions.

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