Night of Violence in Burundi Leaves at Least Six People Deadby
At least six people died in Burundi violence, including a grenade attack on a bar, as unrest in the East African nation continues in the aftermath of President Pierre Nkurunziza’s disputed re-election.
Unidentified men on Tuesday evening threw grenades at the tavern in Gatumba town, near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, wounding three others, Nyabenda Alexis, who was near the scene and counted two bodies, said in an interview.
A policeman was killed when his patrol clashed with gunmen in Bujumbura’s Nyakabiga district overnight, police spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye told reporters Wednesday. He said four bodies were also found in the Mutakura area of the city and that the bar attack killed only one.
More than 240 people have died in violence in Burundi since Nkurunziza announced in April that he’d seek a third term in office, with killings targeting both government and opposition. The president’s opponents accuse him of violating a two-term limit set out in peace accords that ended 12 years of civil war in 2005. More than 200,000 people have fled to neighboring countries.