During Madagascar’s 56th independence day celebrations yesterday in the nation’s capital, Antananarivo, a grenade exploded.
The explosion killed 2 teenagers and left about 80 others injured.
While it is not certain the reason for the explosion on the nation’s remarkable day, President Rajaonarimampianina describes the attack as an “act of terrorism”. He also blamed it on political differences.
“Divergences in point of view may exist between us… if the leader does not suit you… you cannot kill the population.”
“We will never tolerate destabilization. Especially because this is not only destabilization but an act of terrorism.”
The national day celebration which kicked off on a good note with a military parade came to an abrupt end with the explosion. The location for Madagascar’s 56th independence day celebration was at the Mahamasina stadium. The explosion happened during a free concert.
This will be the second of its kind in Madagascar. In 2014, a similar grenade explosion killed a toddler and injured several others at the same Mahamasina stadium. In the same fashion, no terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The president apparently has reasons to believe that the attack is most probably stemmed in political rivalry. Months after his election the president faced possible impeachment. Ever since it has been one political strain or the other.
Madagascar is known as one of the world’s poorest countries. The economy before the incumbent president was on a dwindling trend.
President Rajaonarimampianina visited the wounded victims in hospital. While the people await investigations and the perpetrators of the crime to be brought to book, the president stresses the need for peace.
“We will not respond to violence with violence.”– President Rajaonarimampianina
Yesterday marked Madagascar’s 56th independence day celebration. Madagascar won her independence from France in 1960.