Burundian rebels ambush vehicles in the east

Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Armed rebels suspected to be Hutu rebels Monday ambushed a cargo transport vehicle and another one owned by the Ruyigi provincial agriculture and livestock department in eastern Burundi, official sources said.
Reporting the incident, Burundi news agency said it was possible casualties had occurred, although it was impossible to say how many people were killed because of the fighting between government troops and the rebels that followed the ambushes.
According to the ABP correspondent, insecurity had started early Sunday in Ruyigi when rebels attacked and burned teachers quarters at Nyabitare high school.
The assailants also burnt a local market in the same area before retreating to nearby Ruhanga and Nyabigozi to escape government soldiers.
Fighting was continuing in these hills Monday.
Armed rebels had also attacked Muhweza zone in southern Burundi's Bururi province on Sunday and fighting was continuing Monday.
Heavy material damage is reported in Bururi, where two people, including a soldier on leave, were kidnapped.
The rebels also looted and burnt several shops in Muhweza.
Government soldiers have also been fighting rebels in Bujumbura rual since last Tuesday.
Nearly 50,000 villagers had been forced to move to Mutimbuzi commune as the transition government was being installed in Bujumbura last Thursday in accordance with the Arusha agreement signed under former outh African President Nelson Mandela's mediation.

05 november 2001 23:53:00

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