Three people were killed in gun and grenade attacks in Burundi, officials said on Monday, just hours before the arrival of the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, who is trying to end the bloodshed over President Pierre Nkurunziza’s disputed re-election.
The UN is under growing pressure to show it can halt the violence, two decades after the 1994 genocide of ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus by the Hutu majority in neighbouring Rwanda, which has a similar ethnic make-up to Burundi, Reuters reported.
Celestin Singirankabo, head of a district 50 km (30 miles) east of the capital Bujumbura, said gunmen killed two people late on Sunday when they opened fire in a bar.
Separately, deputy police spokesman, Moise Nkurunziza, said one person had died and another had been wounded in a grenade attack at a Bujumbura market on Monday morning.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks but the government said there are now three rebel outfits fomenting violence, including two made up of renegade soldiers.
The opposition accuses government troops of arbitrary arrests, disappearances and extra-judicial killings.