Blasts Outside Burundi Army Hospital in Capital Injure Four

Two blasts outside a Burundi army hospital in the capital wounded at least four people, a witness said, in the latest violence to target the East African nation’s military.

Evariste Ndayikeza, a passerby in Bujumbura’s Kamenge district, said by phone that he heard the explosions and counted the injured. SOS Medias Burundi, a local journalists’ group, also reported the blasts on its Twitter account.

Burundi has been rocked 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. Two senior army figures were killed by unidentified gunmen in the capital this week, including a lieutenant colonel in charge of operations in restive parts of the city who was shot dead at army headquarters.

Military spokesman Gaspard Baratuza said by phone that an army officer was abducted by an armed group on Wednesday in Rukoko forest, an area northwest of Bujumbura. Soldiers last week were chasing gunmen in the area, near the Democratic Republic of Congo’s border.

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