Bombs and grenade explosions shake Bujumbura

Col. Gaspard Baratuza, the military spokesman was noncommittal on the series of attacks

Col. Gaspard Baratuza, the military spokesman was noncommittal on the series of attacks

The suburbs of the Burundian capital Bujumbura were Thursday night yet again rocked by grenade and bomb explosions, and a string of gunfire.

According to witnesses in Kanyosha district, several mortar bombs started exploding around 9:30 pm in the upscale neighborhood of Kiriri in Mukaza commune, and one bomb blast destroyed a house in Kavumu village, Muyira zone.

The blasts in Kiriri National University left no injuries but the one at the Jesuit Fathers’ home, destroyed its fence.

Speaking to local media, residents of Muyira where the attacks originated call for inclusive dialogue to avoid another civil war.

“We heard heavy explosions from our mountains; we got scared as we did not know what was happening. We would like to call all belligerents to sit together and find a solution. We suffered enough during the 1993 war, we want peace,” one resident said on condition of anonymity.

Colonel Gaspard Baratuza, army spokesman didn’t divulge any details about the attacks when he spoke to the press.

Residents of another opposition stronghold Cibitoke, north of Bujumbura were on edge all night Thursday hearing heavy gunfire and grenade explosions.

The attacks in the area prompted massive police and military search operation Friday morning as residents were ordered not to leave their homes.

“Things were not easy from around 8pm.We heard a lot of gunshots and grenade explosions from the areas of Mutakura, Cibitoke and Kinama. We didn’t know who were firing. We remained confined in our houses in panic,” Anastase Nshimirimana told this website

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