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Burundi: 3 killed in grenade attacks in a week of tension over president's re-election bid

  • Friends and relatives of Jean Claude Niyonzima, who was killed during clashes with police over the move by President Pierre Nkurunziza to seek a third term in office, gather for his funeral service at the Regina Mundi cathedral in Bujumbura, Burundi, Saturday May 2, 2015. Many people have gathered in the streets over the past few days to protest against President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to run for election as president for a third term in office. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    Friends and relatives of Jean Claude Niyonzima, who was killed during clashes with police over the move by President Pierre Nkurunziza to seek a third term in office, gather for his funeral service at the Regina Mundi cathedral in Bujumbura, Burundi, Saturday May 2, 2015. Many people have gathered in the streets over the past few days to protest against President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to run for election as president for a third term in office. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)  (The Associated Press)

  • Friends and relatives of Jean Claude Niyonzima, who was killed during clashes with police over  the move by President Pierre Nkurunziza to seek a third term, weep during his burial ceremony outside Bujumbura, Burundi, Saturday May 2, 2015.  Many people have gathered in the streets over the past few days to protest against President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to run for election as president for a third term in office. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    Friends and relatives of Jean Claude Niyonzima, who was killed during clashes with police over the move by President Pierre Nkurunziza to seek a third term, weep during his burial ceremony outside Bujumbura, Burundi, Saturday May 2, 2015. Many people have gathered in the streets over the past few days to protest against President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to run for election as president for a third term in office. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)  (The Associated Press)

  • Friends and relatives of Jean Claude Niyonzima, who was killed during clashes with police over the move by President Pierre Nkurunziza to seek a third term in office, take pictures during his burial ceremony outside Bujumbura, Burundi, Saturday May 2, 2015.  Many people have gathered in the streets over the past few days to protest against President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to run for election as president for a third term in office. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    Friends and relatives of Jean Claude Niyonzima, who was killed during clashes with police over the move by President Pierre Nkurunziza to seek a third term in office, take pictures during his burial ceremony outside Bujumbura, Burundi, Saturday May 2, 2015. Many people have gathered in the streets over the past few days to protest against President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to run for election as president for a third term in office. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)  (The Associated Press)

A spokesman for Burundi's ministry of public security says three people have died in grenade attacks during a week that has seen street protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to seek a third term.

Nkurikiye Pierre said Saturday that two police officers died in one attack on a police station in the capital's central market and a civilian died in another attack in the Kamenge area of the capital. Seventeen people were wounded in the grenade attack which occurred Friday night, said Pierre.

Pierre said police have arrested two suspects but the motive of the attacks is not known. According to the Burundi Red Cross at least six people have been killed in clashes with the police this week.