Gunmen abduct 3 in Burundi’s Bubanza province

Unidentified gunmen Tuesday night ambushed a truck and abducted three persons aboard the truck at Gihanga in Bubanza province, 15 km west of the Burundian capital Bujumbura, police sources in Bubanza told Xinhua on Wednesday.

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“The truck that was heading to Cibitoke province from the capital Bujumbura was ambushed around 20:30 (18:30 GMT) by gunmen between the 4th and the 5th Avenue at Gihanga in Bubanza province.

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All the three men aboard the truck were abducted and taken to Rukoko forest reserve,” said Remegie Nzeyimana, Police Commissioner in Bubanza province.

According to him, the ambush happened without opening fire.

Meanwhile, Burundian Police Spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye said that unidentified gunmen Tuesday night exploded five grenades in Cibitoke and Musaga neighborhoods in the east African country’s capital.

“Three grenades were blasted at Musaga and two others exploded in Cibitoke, but no human losses took place in those grenade blasts,” said Burundian Police Spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye.

Nkurikiye added that one gun of the Kalashnikov type, ammunitions and two police uniforms were uncovered Wednesday in an arms search operation carried out in Jabe neighborhood in the capital Bujumbura.

Cibitoke, Musaga and Jabe are among neighborhoods that held protests against the third term bid of Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza in April 2015 which he won in a controversial presidential election in July 2015. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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