Madagascar stadium blast kills two

A grenade explosion has killed at least two people during Madagascar’s national day celebrations in the capital Antananarivo, officials say.

About 80 people were wounded in the blast at a stadium, general Anthony Rakotoarison told AFP news agency.

President Hery Rajaonarimampianina said it was a “terrorist act”, and blamed it on “political divergences”.

The situation remains fragile in the country, with supporters and opponents of the president at loggerheads.

The blast happened during a free concert at the Mahamasina stadium. A military parade had been held there earlier.

It was not immediately clear who or what was behind the explosion.

In a statement broadcast on national television, the president said: “Divergences in point of view may exist between us… [But] if the leader does not suit you… you cannot kill the population,” he said.

“We will never tolerate destabilisation. Especially because this is not only destabilisation but an act of terrorism.”