2 persons killed, many wounded in grenade assault on the bar in Burundi capital Say security sources
According to a police source, a grenade detonated in a pub in Burundi’s capital Gitega on Sunday evening, killing at least two people and injuring many others.
The explosion happened a day after a rebel group claimed responsibility for a volley of mortar rounds launched at the airport in Bujumbura’s economic centre.
Last night, a grenade was thrown at a police officer-run pub where several officials and members of the governing party were assembled.
According to a police official, the explosion killed two individuals on the scene, while eight others were treated at Gitega medical facilities.
The airport was attacked late Saturday, a day before President Evariste Ndayishimiye was scheduled to fly off for the UN General Assembly in New York, with no casualties or damage.
The RED-Tabara rebel group, suspected of carrying out many fatal assaults or ambushes throughout the nation since 2015, claimed responsibility in a tweet.
No Burundian official wanted to remark on the recent events publicly, and the official media was also told not to mention them.
All of these assaults are being carried out by opponents of peace to demonstrate that insecurity prevails in Burundi at a time when his Excellency President Evariste Ndayishimiye is on his way to New York for his most extensive visit since becoming Burundi’s head of state.
“However, they won’t go too far since the situation is under control.”
RED-Tabara, whose headquarters in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo’s South Kivu, arose ten years ago and is currently the most active of Burundi’s rebel organizations.
In 2020, it claimed credit for a series of assaults in which it claimed more than 40 people were murdered among security personnel and the governing CNDD-FDD party’s youth league.
The Burundian government and many diplomats thought at the time that the rebel organization, which had 500 to 800 men, was headed by one of the state’s most vehement opponents, Alexis Sinduhije, something he has consistently denied.