Eight wounded in grenade attack in Buterere

At least eight people have been seriously wounded in a grenade attack by an unknown perpetrator in a bar commonly known as « Chez Egide Nduwayo » on 9th avenue in Buterere zone of Ntahangwa commune, in the north of the capital Bujumbura.

The grenade was thrown on 9th avenue in Buterere neighborhood in Ntahangwa commune

“It was around 7:40 p.m. in the night of 27 January when a grenade exploded and wounded some people who were in the bar”, says Evelyne Ndayisenga, a victim and resident of the locality met on the spot. She, however, says nine people have been seriously injured in the attack. She says four men, three women and two children were wounded. The Ministry of Public Security reports eight wounded in the grenade attack. “The owner of the bar Egide Nduwayo and his kid continue to receive treatment at MSF hospital as they were seriously injured. Other victims have returned home”, she says.

Claver Macumi, another victim says the perpetrator threw the grenade under cover of darkness. “The grenade exploded when the electrical power cut off for the second time and we couldn’t identify him”, he says. He calls upon the competent authorities to investigate on the case and punish the perpetrator seriously. “We really need to know who wants to kill people in the compound”, he says.

Another neighbor of the victims urges the administrative officials and security forces to redouble their efforts to secure the locality. “Criminals take advantage of the darkness and commit crimes,” he says.

Pierre Nkurikiye, Spokesperson for the Ministry of Public Security says the investigations that have started since the early morning of this 28 January are still going on.