Grenade attack kills three people in Burundi

Three people killed and others wounded in grenade attack targeting policemen during Burundi anti-president protests.

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Three people, including two policemen, were killed and several others were wounded in a grenade attack targeting policemen during anti-president protests in the capital of Burundi, according to AFP.

The attack took place on Friday in the Kemenge district of Bujumbura, where protests had heated up.

Police director General Andre Ndayambaje told AFP news agency that two officers were killed and one was wounded, while a local resident said a civilian also lost his life and two others were wounded.

A senior police officer, who requested anonymity, said policemen patrolling on foot in Kamenge were attacked with a grenade and a police vehicle was also hit with a grenade as reported by AFP.

Local residents said the grenade attack was followed by automatic gunfire and one policeman died on the spot.

Minutes later, a grenade exploded under the car of the local police chief who had arrived on the scene. He got out but was killed by gunfire.

According to the witnesses, a civilian was also killed in the shooting and a woman and a child were wounded by the second grenade.

There were two small craters a few hundred meters apart and traces of blood in the vicinity, AFP said.

The east African nation has been hit by a new wave of protests in opposition to President Pierre Nkurunziza's re-election for a third term while Burundi's constitution stipulates that a president can only serve for two terms.

The constitution limits the presidency to two terms in office, but Nkurunziza's supporters say he can run again because his first term was picked by lawmakers and not by elections.​

TRTWorld and agencies