Attackers kill three in heavily guarded district of Bujumbura

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Bujumbura attackers

Nairobi – Gunmen, wearing police and army uniforms, killed three people and three others at a bar a heavily guarded neighbourhood of Burundi’s biggest city Bujumbura late on Friday, police and residents said.

The attack took place the Rohero district, where violence is rare and officials often have the protection of their own security personnel.

“Unidentified evildoers, armed with AK 47s, attacked peaceful people having a drink at a bar, leaving three deaths and three people,’’ Moïse Nkurunziza, Deputy Police said, adding that the attackers also detonated a grenade.

A soldier assigned to work Rohero as a security guard for a senior official near the scene of the attack said police carried out a search operation early on Saturday but made no arrests.

Burundi moved its capital from Bujumbura, a port on Lake Tanganyika, to the much smaller central city of Gitega last year.

September, the United Nations said that Burundi was at risk of a new wave of violence as it approaches an election next year with an unresolved political crisis and President Pierre Nkurunziza increasingly portrayed as a “divine” ruler.

The government said that the report did not reflect reality.

Hundreds of Burundians have been killed clashes with security forces since 2015 when Nkurunziza ran for a third, disputed term in office.

Over the same period, than 400,000 people have fled abroad, predominantly to Tanzania, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

On Oct. 22, the Police said security forces killed at least 14 armed men, who had planned to launch an attack the northwestern province of Bubanza after entering from neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.