A grenade attack on a bar in Burundi’s capital, Bujumbura on Saturday has left four dead.
Not only was the bar attacked, some army patrol officers and police also had grenades hurled at them. This attack left several people dead and many others injured.
A resident of Kinama neighborhood where the attacks happened, who preferred to remain anonymous told Reuters that “there were three simultaneous blasts. The one which hit a bar killed four people including a child who was selling boiled eggs.”
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This incident follows an attack that happened on Friday, for which the armed group Republican Forces of Burundi (FOREBU), who oppose President Pierre claimed responsibility. Since President Pierre Nkurunziza’s unconstitutional bid for a third term, there have been clashes between the president who won the election in July and the opposition. The political upheaval has led to a tally of over 400 casualties.
While no one has claimed responsibility for this most recent grenade attack, the leading government and opposition have cast blames on each other.
The African Union (AU) offered to deploy a 5000 peacekeeping force to Burundi in December 2015, also making reference to an article in the AU’s charter that allows it to intervene with or without the consent of the president. President Pierre objected to the proposal, stating that it would lead to an invasion. The AU is however not relenting as it has allegedly appointed 5 African heads of state to try to convince the government of Burundi to accept the peacekeeping offer.
This is the worst turmoil the country has faced since the 12-year civil war that ended in 2005.