11 Burundi Police Injured in Grenade Attacks

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11 police officers have been wounded after several grenade attacks on several police posts on Friday night  in Burundi.  Authorities say that the attacks took place in the districts of Citiboke, Nyakabiga, Musaga and Jabe, which have been at the centre of weeks of unrest sparked by Nkurunziza’s bid for a third presidential term.

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The sound of explosions and heavy gunfire echoed across the capital on Friday night. Residents in the affected areas said they were unsure of who carried out the attack as some blamed the police and security forces of terrorising them. Burundi’s opposition says Nkurunziza’s re-election bid is unconstitutional and violates the Arusha Peace deal. Parliamentary elections are planned for June 29, ahead of the presidential vote on July 15.

Residents in the affected areas said they were unsure who was behind the attacks, although some blamed the police and accused security forces of “terrorising the population”.

Burundi’s opposition and activists say Nkurunziza’s re-election bid is unconstitutional and a violation of a 2006 peace deal that ended 13 years of civil war.

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