March 24, 2012 / 8:23 AM / in 6 years

Blast in northern Rwanda kills one

KIGALI (Reuters) - An explosion killed one person and wounded five in northern Rwanda on Friday, police said, the second blast to hit the central African country this year.

The attack struck near a ticketing office for buses in Musanze, a small town 120 km north of Kigali, police said, adding that no suspects had been arrested. The force of the explosion partly destroyed a minibus window.

“There was a blast, we don’t know exactly if it was a grenade,” police spokesman, Theos Badege, said.

Rwanda’s capital was hit by a string of grenade attacks in 2010, which the government blamed on two high-ranking army officers now in exile.

One of the those, Lieutenant-General Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa, a former chief of staff and ambassador to India, denied the allegations at the time saying the authorities had staged the attacks and then accused him of being behind them.

The landlocked central African nation suffered at least two more grenade attacks last year. Rwanda’s High Court sentenced 10 people to life in prison for their part in the attacks in January this year. A further nine received sentences of between five and 20 years in prison.

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