Burundi still under grip of insecurity

Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Notwithstanding the inauguration last Thursday of a transitional government as Burundi's peace process moved into higher gear, acts of violence and looting were reported this weekend in several regions of the country.
State Radio, quoting local officials, said rebels Sunday morning struck the locality of Muhweza in Bururi province, south of Burundi.
It said the attackers set fire to Muhweza's trading centre and local administrative offices, after looting several stores, before being repelled by government forces.
Trouble was also reported in Buterere on the north-western outskirts Bujumbura, where several shops were broken into, Sunday night.
The attackers reportedly forced locales to transport their loot.
Another attack was reported at the weekend on Kamenge Secondary Technical School north of Bujumbura, where about 20 tonnes of food supplies for boarding students were seized.
In the north-western Bubanza province, rebels Saturday ambushed a truck transporting goods from eastern DR Congo, burning it down together with its cargo.
Meanwhile, fighting has since last Tuesday been reported between government troops and rebel fighters of the National Liberation Front (FNL).

05 november 2001 09:59:00

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