BUJUMBURA Burundi (Xinhua) --
An unidentified person Sunday night
blasted a grenade in a crowd in front of a shop at Birohe
village in Gitega province, central Burundi, killing one person
and injuring 21 others, the governor of Gitega said Monday.
The attacker took
advantage of obscurity as it was the night fall at about 7:10
p.m. local time when he blasted the grenade, said Venant
Manirambona in a telephone interview with Xinhua.
“A woman selling
small objects and aged about 60 years was killed on the spot. 21
persons were injured and six of them were seriously injured and
evacuated to hospital,” said Manirambona.
The attacker might
have been targeting one person who was in the crowd, said the
governor, who described the explosion as “terrorism.”
He also denied any
link with political motivations behind the explosion.
Pierre Nkurunziza last Thursday signed and promulgated the new
constitution in the province. After that he announced that he
will leave the presidency in 2020 at the expiry of his current
constitution extends the presidential term from five to seven
years and allows the president to serve two consecutive terms,
which means Nkurunziza is allowed to stay in office until 2034
if he is elected in future presidential elections.
Burundi plunged into
a crisis in April 2015 when Nkurunziza decided to run his
controversial bid for a third term. His candidature, which was
opposed by the opposition, resulted in a wave of protests,
violence and even a failed coup in May 2015.