Bujumbura is in shock once more. Three folks have been killed and dozens extra have been injured, together with fifteen critically, this Monday night, September 20, 2021, throughout two simultaneous grenade assaults aimed particularly at Bujumbura’s bus station throughout a rush hour. Attacks which might be described as terrorist by the authorities and which have not been claimed.
These are three grenades which was launched nearly concurrently on Monday round 19.00 in Bujumbura. Two exploded on the bus station close to the outdated central market in the guts of the town, proper subsequent to tons of of individuals queuing for a bus that will take them again to their respective neighborhoods.
People then began operating in all instructions and shouted, dozens of buses fled at full pace, the police fired into the air. Witnesses describe a scene of generalized panic that lasted for a lot of minutes earlier than assist was organized.
Another grenade was thrown close to the Jabe market, within the Bwiza district, nonetheless in the middle of Burundi’s financial capital. According to witnesses, it exploded close to a gaggle of fishmongers, together with certainly one of them on the spot.
In the tip, the deaths could be three deaths in line with witnesses, two and several other injured, in line with the Interior Ministry, which has simply launched a press launch condemning what it qualifies as “terrorist acts” and condemning “an unnamed barbarism that when once more reveals that Burundi is vulnerable to terrorism ”.
Bujumbura was hit by the identical variety of grenade assault in May final 12 months, leading to three deaths and dozens injured. These new grenades, which haven’t been claimed thus far, additionally come after one other grenade assault the day earlier than that led to a few folks being killed in Gitega, the capital.
But particularly after a mortar at Bujumbura airport, the evening earlier than Saturday to Sunday, when President Évariste Ndayishimiye would take a aircraft to New York to attend the UN General Assembly.