7 Burundians killed in New Year's Eve armed clashes

Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Seizing the opportunity availed by random shooting in the Bubanza province northwest of here by armed civilians and soldiers "welcoming" the New Year, National Liberation Front (FNL) rebels attacked government positions, leaving at least seven dead in the ensuing clashes.
Military sources here told PANA Saturday that five rebels were killed instantly while government lost two soldiers in the shootout.
Three civilians were also wounded Saturday morning in renewed clashes between loyalist troops and the surviving FNL elements, the sources revealed.
Meanwhile, in the capital Bujumbura bursts of automatic and small arms as well as occasional deafening grenade blasts were heard across the city at midnight as 2005 rolled in.
Sylvestre Rutwe, security advisor to Bujumbura Mayor, Saturday condemned the armed civilians and soldiers on duty in various areas of the city for disrupting the tranquillity of the city.
He said there were no casualties from the sometime fatal tradition in Burundi.

01 january 2005 19:38:00

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