BUJUMBURA – The Burundian national police on Thursday announced that they would tighten security across the country as fans would stay up late to watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup matches.
They said this was because of the time difference between Brazil and Burundi during the June 12 to July 13 competition.
Matches at the competition will be broadcast live on national television and on giant screens across the country.
During the 2006 World Cup final played in Germany, the Burundian capital city of Bujumbura was plunged into mourning.
This was in the wake of a grenade attack perpetrated by unidentified men against supporters celebrating Italy’s win over France.
That attack left three persons dead and 25 others injured in the popular district of Cibitoke, in northern Bujumbura.
According to the national police spokesperson, Hermes Harimenshi, fans are afraid that there could be a repeat of the 2006 incident.
The El-Shabaab militants have been threatening to attack Burundi for its military presence in Somalia fighting the Islamist rebel movement.(PANA/NAN)