Incident Summary:

07/27/2008: On Sunday night, in Gitega, Burundi, assailants threw a grenade at a crowded high school graduation party, killing two civilians and wounding 45 others. No group claimed responsibility, although it was widely believed that the Party for the Liberation of the Hutu People was responsible.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack occurred at a crowded high school graduation party in Gitega, Burundi.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Civilians at a high school graduation party
Nationality of Target Burundi
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Grenade
Weapon Details
A grenade was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Party for the Liberation of the Hutu People (PALIPEHUTU) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 45 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 45
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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"News 24 (South Africa), "Two Killed in Grenade Attack," News 24 (South Africa), July 28, 2008."
"National Counterterrorism Center, "Two Civilians Killed, 45 Wounded in Grenade Attack by Suspected Palipehutu-FNL in Gitega, Burundi," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, February 1, 2010."