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Grenade attack escalates protest violence in Burundi

Monday, May 04, 2015 - 01:15

A grenade attack on police in Burundi leaves at least two officers injured, while the Red Cross says three protesters were killed during anti-government demonstrations. Nathan Frandino reports.

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A grenade attack on police in Bujumbura, Burundi's capital. It was a sharp escalation in the violence that has racked the city for more than a week now. At least two officers were wounded. The attack was the latest in a series of clashes following protests against the president's decision to seek a third-term. But police say future assaults will be met with equal force. (SOUNDBITE) (Kirundi) BURUNDI POLICE SPOKESMAN, LIBOIRE BAKUNDUKIZE, SAYING: "Today, tomorrow or the day after, wherever they hurl grenades or wherever they shoot, the police has a right to throw a grenade as well and even to shoot back and that's how it will be." The protests began when President Pierra Nkurunziza announced his intention to run for a third-term, which opponents say violates the constitution. The death toll from the unrest remains unclear, but it's growing, and many fear the political protests could soon spiral into a deeper tribal conflict.

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Grenade attack escalates protest violence in Burundi

Monday, May 04, 2015 - 01:15