Burundi: Five people killed, 50 injured in grenade attack

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At least five people have been killed in a grenade attack in Burundi’s northwestern province of Kayanza.

Two children and a woman were among those killed, while more than 50 people were also injured, in the attack on Sunday evening. Some reports say the death toll has reached eight people after some of those injured in the attack later died.

 

‘Unidentified terrorist’

“Yesterday around 6.30 p.m. in Gatara Commune, Kayanza province, an unidentified terrorist launched a grenade that killed four people on the spot and wounded 54 others,” said Pierre Nkurikiye, Spokesman for the Burundi Police, on Monday.

He also revealed that an 8th grader was injured in the blast and later died at the hospital, bringing the death toll to five – although many reports say eight have now died.

 

President offers condolences

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza offered condolences to the victims’ families in a Tweet on Monday, promising “the perpetrators will surely be punished.”While grenade attacks have

Burundi’s capital Bujumbura has endured dozens of grenade attacks since unrest broke out in April 2015, but it’s rare to see this kind of attack outside of the capital. Police blaming the attacks on “unknown terrorists” is a typical response these days while groups rarely claim responsibility for such attacks anymore.

The police say they are “actively hunting down the terrorist” but fall short of providing any additional information.

 

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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.