A former government minister has been shot dead in the Burundi capital, Bujumbura by unknown gunmen.
Hafsa Mossi was an MP in the East African parliament and a former BBC Swahili service journalist.
President Pierre Nkurunziza called it an assassination, and a vile and cowardly act.
There has been an increase in violence in Burundi since Mr Nkurunziza declared last year that he would run for a controversial third term.
The killing comes as the latest talks aimed at resolving the Burundi conflict hit a snag in the northern Tanzanian town of Arusha.
Government officials rejected the presence of members of the opposition effectively stopping the resumption of the negotiations
Officials have said Ms Mossi was “shot by criminals”.
The BBC’s Ismail Misigaro in Bujumbura reports that her body has been taken to the military hospital in the city.