Witnesses: 5 killed in overnight violence in Burundi

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Posted: Nov 16, 2015 9:53 AM

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Three grenades exploded Monday in different parts of Burundi's capital following a night of violence in which five people, including a policeman, were killed, witnesses and the police said Monday.

One witness said he saw three bodies with bullet wounds following an attack on a nightclub in the normally calm neighborhood of Bwiza in Bujumbura. Another witness said a man was killed in a grenade attack in a nearby house. Someone also fired a rocket at the home of the mayor of Bujumbura but the perimeter wall stopped it.

The witnesses spoke on condition of anonymity because of fears for their safety.

A policeman was killed Sunday night in Musaga, a volatile neighborhood in the south of Bujumbura, said police spokesman, Pierre Nkurikiye. There were no causalities when three grenades exploded Monday in the Bujumbura neighborhoods of Buyenzi, Musaga and Mutakura, he said.

Burundi has been wracked by violence since April when President Pierre Nkurunziza announced he would seek a third term in elections he eventually won. At least 240 people have been killed since April, according to the U.N.

The international community is urging political talks to end the killings.

Last week the U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution condemning the killings and threatening sanctions.

The resolution called for Burundi's government "to immediately convene an inclusive and genuine inter-Burundian dialogue."

It remains unclear when the talks will start.

Burundi's opposition leaders have said they want the talks to take place in a foreign country and have urged Burundi's government to drop all criminal charges against opposition members who are detained or in exile.