Africa 3 killed in grenade attacks in Burundi’s Bujumbura

3 killed in grenade attacks in Burundi’s Bujumbura


Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza
Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza

(AA) – At least three people were killed and 20 others injured on Friday in grenade attacks in the center of Burundian capital Bujumbura, medial sources said.

According to the sources, the injured were rushed to the Kamenge military hospital, including two in a serious condition.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks and it was unclear whether they are linked to ongoing protests against President’s Pierre Nkurunziza’s plan to run for a third term in office.

Burundi has been rocked by protests since late April, when the ruling National Council for the Defense of Democracy named Nkurunziza – in power since 2005 – as its candidate for June presidential polls.

The situation took a turn for the worse last week when a group of army generals staged a failed coup attempt against Nkurunziza while he was attending a regional summit in Tanzania.

The opposition says Nkurunziza does not have the right to seek a third term, citing Burundi’s constitution, which limits the number of terms a president can serve to two.

Burundi’s Constitutional Court, however, has ruled that a third-term bid by Nkurunziza would not violate the national charter.

The court ruled that, since he was elected in 2005 by parliament and not by popular vote, Nkurunziza’s first stint in office should not be counted as a presidential term per se.

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