At Least Seven Killed in Latest Burundi Violence


At least seven people including a police officer have been killed in various attack’s across Burundi’s capital it was confirmed on Wednesday.
The attacks started Tuesday evening and carried on into the night – including a grenade attack on a bar in Gatumba, near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. Two were reportedly killed in the attack with six more said to be injured, according to a senior local officer.


Police clash with gunmen

A policeman was also killed in Bujumbura’s Nyakabiga district overnight, as police forces clashed with gunmen in the area. Police spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye confirmed the death on Wednesday and also revealed three others had been injured by “terrorists” who threw grenades before opening fire on the patrol.

Armed attacks on police and government officials have become common in the country as political unrest continues to escalate. A supposed rift between security forces in Burundi leaves nothing certain and high-profile assassination attempts have been regular – many of them successful.


More bodies found

As the death toll in Burundi continues to rise, more bodies are found on the streets of Bujumbura almost every day. The bodies of three youths were also found early Wednesday morning in the city’s Mutakura district. Witnesses have said no blood was visible at the scene, suggesting the bodies had been dumped overnight.

More than 240 have been killed since President Nkurunziza announced plans to run for a third term in power. Violence has continued to escalate since and international concern is growing that Burundi is on the verge of an ethnic conflict.


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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.