Burundian MPs survive attacks

BUJUMBURA - Three Burundian opposition lawmakers were targeted in separate grenade attacks in the capital Bujumbura, amid a deepening political crisis in the country, the deputies and the police said yesterday.

BUJUMBURA - Three Burundian opposition lawmakers were targeted in separate grenade attacks in the capital Bujumbura, amid a deepening political crisis in the country, the deputies and the police said yesterday.

The simultaneous attacks targeted the homes of former deputy speaker Alice Nzomukunda, President Pierre Nkurunziza's former campaign chief Mathias Basabose and former presidential party general-secretary Pasteur Mpawenayo.

Nobody was wounded in the attacks, which took place late on Saturday, police spokesman Pierre Chanel Ntarabaganyi said, adding that a suspect was arrested.

"Yesterday [Saturday] evening, I was entering my house through the front gate when a grenade exploded. Luckily it only damaged another vehicle which was parked nearby," Nzomukunda told AFP.

"It is the regime which is responsible for this heinous act... because they stripped me of my military protection," she said.

The three MPs were among a group of 46 opposition lawmakers who wrote to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon two weeks ago to request protection.

"My life is threatened because I condemn the dictatorial nature of this regime," Nzomukunda said.

Similar attacks last August had targeted at least four politicians who had dared to criticise Nkurunziza. - Sapa-AFP

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