ATTACKS by gunmen left at least five people dead across Burundi, according to a witness and local media, as the East African nation’s crisis nears the first anniversary of its outbreak.
Gunshots and blasts were heard in Kinama, a northern part of Bujumbura, the capital, late Wednesday, according to resident Ancilla Nyamugaruka, who said she counted two bodies, one of them an army officer.
Gunmen also killed three people in a raid on a bar in Bururi province, about 50 kilometres (31 miles) south of Bujumbura, SOS Medias Burundi, a local network of journalists, reported on its Facebook page.
Army spokesman Gaspard Baratuza wasn’t available for comment, while deputy police spokesman Moise Nkurunziza said he was waiting for details before making a statement.
Landlocked Burundi has been rocked by unrest that’s left more than 470 people dead since April 2015, when President Pierre Nkurunziza announced a bid to stand for a third term, a move criticised by his opponents as unconstitutional.