Burundi: Grenade attack kills one, injures nine

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One person was killed and nine people injured in a grenade attack in the Burundian capital of Bujumbura on Wednesday.

The city’s mayor announced the incident on Thursday, explaining the attack took place in Musaga, a southern neighbourhood known for its allegiance to opposition groups in the troubled country.

 

Grenade thrown at group of people

“A grenade was thrown and exploded among a group of people who were having a beer near the bus station in Musaga,” Mayor Freddy Mbonimpa told AFP of the incident.

He confirmed witness reports that police officers quickly arrived at the scene, firing shots. “Those were warning shots fired into the air,” he explained. The mayor also said a police investigation is underway “to find the criminals behind this attack”.

 

Neighbourhood of opposition

Musaga has endured some of the most deadly violence throughout Burundi’s ongoing political crisis. Protests broke out in the neighbourhood after President Pierre Nkurunziza announced he would run for a third term in April 2015.

The protests ran into May and beyond with more than 87 confirmed dead by the end of 2015 and many more detained. Targeted executions were common until a government clampdown largely ended the violence, but many claim people are now kidnapped before being killed, tortured or sexually violated – rather than being executed on the streets.

Earlier this week, the UN released its latest report on the human rights violations believed to be taking place in Burundi.

 

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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.