Seven people killed in clashes in Burundi's capital

At least seven people killed in grenade attack and clashes between security forces and rebels in Burundi's capital

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

The capital has experienced political unrest since the president was sworn in for his third term on April

At least seven people have been killed in shootings and a grenade attack on Tuesday in Bujumbura, Burundi's capital, police and local people said.

Two police officers and a cameraman Christophe Nkezabahizi along with his wife and two children were among the dead, said local people of the Ngagara neighbourhood in Bujumbura in which is also known as a stronghold for pro oppositions.

"Police found him [Christophe] with his whole family at home (and) killed him alongside other people who were fleeing shootings," said a neighbour and his colleague.

Another Ngagara resident said the two police officers lost his life during the grenade attack. Afterwards, police shot dead the attackers in reaction to the scene.

Deputy Police spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye verified the deaths of the cameraman, one police officer and five "criminals" but he did not talk in regards to the cameraman's family.

Eight people had been also killed in various shootings on October 4 in Bujumbura.

Since an ethnically-driven civil war ended in 2005, Burundi has been dragged through its worst political crisis this year.

The bloody unrest over Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza’s third term bid sparked clashes between security forces and residents in anti-Nkurunziza strongholds in Bujumbura and plunged the country into an unprecedented crises which killed over 70 people and wounded more than 500.

More than 100,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries since the political violence that culminated in last week's foiled coup attempt erupted in April, according to the UN.

Nkurunziza was announced the winner of the July 21 election following months of street protests and a foiled coup.

On September, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein announced there had been an "alarming upsurge" in several killings and violence in Burundi.


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