Many dead, injured in Burundi grenade attacks

2015-06-22 19:41
Police try to disperse a crowd of angry residents, after a man was killed by police and relatives were initially prevented from burying him in a timely manner in accordance with his Muslim beliefs. (Gildas Ngingo, AP)

Police try to disperse a crowd of angry residents, after a man was killed by police and relatives were initially prevented from burying him in a timely manner in accordance with his Muslim beliefs. (Gildas Ngingo, AP)

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Bujumbura - Four people died and at least 30 were wounded in a grenade attack on a bar in northern Burundi as political tensions remain high over President Pierre Nkurunziza bid for a third term.

Three people have been arrested following the overnight attack in which two grenades were used, said Claude Nahayo, governor of Ngozi where the attack happened. Nahayo said the motive is unclear though there were at least 60 grenade attacks ahead of the 2010 presidential polls.

Eleven police officers were also wounded over the weekend in grenade attacks in Bujumbura, the capital.

In recent weeks, Bujumbura has been rocked by protests following the April announcement that Nkurunziza will seek a third term in office in the July 15 elections. Sunday's grenade attack in Ngozi, Nkurunziza's hometown, comes a week before parliamentary elections

Rights activists say at least 77 civilians have been killed and 500 wounded in clashes with Burundi's security forces since the start of anti-government protests.

Nkurunziza's opponents say his bid for a third term in office violates the country's constitution that brought peace after more than a decade of civil war which left more than 250 000 people dead.

The president maintains he is eligible for a third term because he was elected by parliament during his first term and not by popular vote.

Read more on:    pierre nkurunziza  |  burundi  |  east africa  |  burundi 2015 elections

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