Eight die in Bu­rundi grenade at­tack on pub

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

BUJUMBURA: Eight peo­ple have been killed and another 50 in­jured in a grenade at­tack car­ried out on Sun­day night by un­known per­sons in a pub on the Shinya Zone, Garatara Com­mune, in the prov­ince of Kayanza, in cen­tral Bu­rundi.

Wit­nesses said six of the vic­tims died at the scene, while two more peo­ple died in hos­pi­tal.

The Ad­min­is­tra­tor of the com­mune, Dévote Nday­iz­eye, said it was not known who was re­spon­si­ble for the at­tack. It was one of the worst at­tacks on civil­ians since the out­break of the po­lit­i­cal cri­sis in 2015, when Pres­i­dent Pierre Nku­run­z­iza an­nounced that he would run for a third term in of­fice.

Hu­man rights bod­ies have re­ported that more than 1 200 peo­ple have been killed in po­lit­i­cal vi­o­lence since then.

Nku­run­z­iza’s regime has ac­cused those op­posed to his third term of be­ing “ter­ror­ists”.

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