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Burundi: 1 killed, 4 injured in grenade attack

This is third grenade attack in Bujumbura city center in a month, says police commissioner

Felix Nkambeh Tih   | 09.08.2017
Burundi: 1 killed, 4 injured in grenade attack FILE PHOTO

BUJUMBURA, Burundi

One person was killed and four others injured in a grenade attack in the capital of Burundi, police said on Wednesday.

"Last night, at around 8.30 p.m. (1830GMT), a grenade was thrown in a street [...] near the town hall of Bujumbura," Monfort Ndoreraho, police commissioner in Bujumbura told Anadolu Agency. "One person was killed and four others injured."

This is the third grenade attack in the Bujumbura city center in a month, Ndoreraho said.

On July 17, a similar attack in Burundi’s capital injured three security forces. On July 12, four other policemen were injured in another grenade attack in the Bwiza area.

Cases of grenade attacks have increased in recent weeks in Burundi, according to a report recently drawn up by the Burundian police.

The report said 31 cases of murder and seven grenade attacks were recorded in July across Burundi.

Unrest in Burundi crisis started in April 2015 when Nkurunziza announced his candidacy for a controversial third term. The constitution allows two.

The crisis has led to the death of hundreds of people and forced more than 416,000 people to flee the country and seek refuge in neighboring states, according to the UN.

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