Burundi’s Army Pursues Gunmen Near Congo Border, Official SaysDesire Nimubona
Burundian soldiers chased gunmen who raided a village near the Democratic Republic of Congo’s border, a local official said, while a blast in the nearby capital injured four people.
Armed men kidnapped two people and seized livestock from Kagwema village late Thursday, community leader Ndayambaje Antoine said in an interview the following afternoon near Bujumbura’s airport. Gunfire was still audible from Rukoko forest, about five kilometers (3.1 miles) away.
Four people were wounded earlier Friday in a grenade attack at a restaurant in Bujumbura’s southern Musaga district, owner Jean Marie Ciza said in an interview at the scene. Deputy police spokesman Moise Nkurunziza wasn’t available for comment.
The landlocked East African country has been roiled by unrest that’s killed more than 440 people since President Pierre Nkurunziza decided in April to stand for a third term in the face of popular opposition. The United Nations has warned the country risks sliding back into a civil conflict that could spill over into a region that includes Congo, the continent’s biggest copper producer.
The National Liberation Forces, a Burundian rebel group with bases in Congo, may have been behind Thursday’s raid, Antoine said.