A member of an Italian lay institute and a companion were shot to death 70 km from the Burundian capital Bujumbura on Tuesday.
    43 year old Antonio Bargiggia and his Burundian companion were killed after stopping at a barricade erected by four armed men, some in military uniform. One of them approached the car, put the barrel of his gun on Bargiggia's cheek and fired. The gunmen left the body lying face down on the road, removing his sandals and watch and took the car and abandoned it in a nearby town.
    The lay volunteer, a member of the "Friends of the Poor" religious institute, had been in Burundi for 20 years. For the past three years he has been directing a project for the Jesuit Refugee Service.
5 Oct 00

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