Child amoung four killed in Burundi grenade attack

Grenade attack in Burundi's capital Bujumbura kills four people including child

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

A soldier patrols the streets after a grenade attack at Burundi's capital Bujumbura, February 3, 2016.

Four people, including a child who was selling boiled eggs at a bar were killed when three grenade's were used to attack Burundi's capital Bujumbura on Saturday night, witnesses said.

"There were three simultaneous blasts. The one which hit a bar killed four people including a child who was selling boiled eggs," said a resident of Kinama neighbourhood where the attacks happened.

Vincent Ngendahayo, a local administrator near Kinama, confirmed the death of the child, adding 12 people were also injured in the blasts.

In another attack Saturday “armed criminals” threw a grenade at a police patrol, injuring eight civilians, said Mayor Freddy Mbonimpa.

Meanwhile, at least five people, including security personnel died in separate attacks on Friday.

Protesters gathered in a rally against Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza and his bid for a third term in Burundi, June 3, 2015 (Reuters)

Burundi has been in crisis since April, violence continued to increase after President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term, crisis left more than 400 people dead after a failed coup and street protests.

The African Union said on Friday it had appointed five heads of state to try to convince the government of Burundi to accept a peacekeeping force, which Burundian leader has rejected.

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