Burundi Probes Grenade Blasts, Pledges To Stamp Out Terrorists

Interior ministry says at least two people were killed when ‘still unidentified terrorists’ hurled grenades in two Bujumbura sites.

Burundi Probes Grenade Blasts, Pledges To Stamp Out Terrorists
Burundi's Prime Minister Alain-Guillaume Bunyoni gestures as he arrives at the Prince Regent Charles Hospital to visit the victims of an explosion that killed at least five people and injured 50, in Bujumbura, Burundi September 21, 2021



Burundi has also promised thorough investigation into a series of deadly terrorist grenade blasts that hit the country’s economic capital Bujumbura. The attacks late on Monday followed a deadly grenade explosion in a bar in the capital, Gitega, on Sunday and a series of mortar shells fired on Burundi’s international airport on


Saturday night. The interior ministry said in a statement that two people were also killed when still unidentified terrorists hurled grenades in a Bujumbura parking lot and also near a market on the Monday night. Medical and security sources said three people had died, while Prime Minister Alain-Guillaume Bunyoni said more than 100 had been injured.



The ministry said grenades were thrown at a parking lot a market in Bujumbura



The ministry said it condemned the barbarity of the blasts and also pledged a thorough investigation to put these nameless terrorist cowards out of action. There were no claims of responsibility for the grenade attacks in Bujumbura or at the Gitega bar on Sunday which left two people dead. The mortar attack on Bujumbura



airport on the Saturday was claimed by the RED Tabara rebel group in a statement on Twitter. No one was also injured in that assault, launched a day before President Evariste Ndayishimiye flew out for the United Nations General Assembly in New York. These are coordinated attacks launched by enemies of peace who have also



wanted to show for three days that there is no peace in Burundi when President Ndayishimiye is at the UN General Assembly, a senior Burundian officials also told the media on condition of anonymity. But they are mistaken. The situation is under control despite their little outbursts. RED Tabara, which has a rear base in



South Kivu in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo, emerged 10 years ago and is now the most active of Burundi’s rebel groups. It is accused of being behind many deadly attacks or ambushes across the East African country since 2015. In 2020, it said it was behind a series of attacks that also killed more than 40



people from the security forces and the youth league of the ruling CNDD-FDD party. The Burundian government and many diplomats believed at the time that the rebel group, made up of an estimated 500-800 men, was led by one of the fiercest opponents of the state, Alexis Sinduhije, who has always denied the claims.