At least two people were killed in a grenade attack this night in the political capital Gitega. Several other people were injured. It targeted residents, mostly activists of the presidential party, who were in a bar.
The bar targeted is at the junction of the Gitega-Ngozi-Muyinga road (Center-North-East). The refreshment stall is located on the hill of Rutegama, in the municipality and province of Gitega.
The attack targeted residents of the locality who gathered to celebrate the inauguration of a room serving as a hill office, according to a local elected official. “We are in the process of evacuating the wounded to the regional hospital,” testified an administrative official at the base contacted by Buja Express shortly after the explosion.
According to local sources, most of the people attending the party are members of the ruling party CNDD FDD. A police source confirmed the information to SOS Médias Burundi.
“Two people died on the spot. There are also several injured. They were evacuated to hospital. An OPJ (judicial police officer) went to make the report, ”she said.
Many people were arrested by police in the wake, according to witnesses. And at the time of this article’s publication, police were ransacking households in the area.
The attack comes after the one on Bujumbura airport which occurred overnight from Saturday to Sunday. It was claimed by Red Tabara, a Burundian rebel movement based in South Kivu province in eastern DRC.
But a spokesperson for the FDNB (Burundi National Defense Force) spoke of “rumors”. The Burundian president who participates in a United Nations General Assembly in New York used the only airport of the small nation of East Africa this night under the beating of drums even if a spokesperson for this armed group has affirmed on the airwaves of the VOA (Voice of America Kirundi / Kinyarwanda) that fighting continued this Sunday between the group and the Burundian army in the Rukoko nature reserve in the enclosures of which the Bujumbura airport is located .