Two killed in grenade attack in Burundi’s capital


At least two people have been killed and dozens wounded following a grenade explosion in one of the busiest spots Burundi’s commercial capital, Bujumbura on Tuesday evening.

The Ministry of Information, which described the incidents as terror attacks, said the attackers have been arrested and a probe is under way.

“One person died on spot near the former central market while another one died after being evacuated,” a statement from Burundi’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Public Security.

According to authorities one suspect was arrested pending further investigations.

“I am saddened with those who want to drag back Burundi through terrorism but they should know that they don’t have a place. My condolences to the family of victims. I call on all Burundians to remain solid, unity is our victory,” Burundi President Evariste Ndayishimiye tweeted.

The latest attack comes as the 51st meeting of the UN Standing Advisory Committee on Human Rights in Central Africa is underway in Bujumbura. It is the first time the country is hosting a high level meeting of the kind since the political crisis of 2015.

Following the fallout of a failed coup attempt in 2015, Burundi has continued to grapple with sporadic incidents of violence, most of which are ethnic-based or carried out by the youth wing of the ruling party, Imbonerakure.

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