Rebels kill at least 35 people in Burundi

Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- At least 35 people have been killed since Sunday when Burundian rebels stepped-up their attacks in the eastern Ruyigi and southern Bururi provinces, the local media reported Tuesday.
The Hutu rebels also serious injured 15 people, looted goods and set fire to socio-economic and administrative facilities, radio Burundi reported, quoting political and military sources in the affected areas It said 24 people were killed and eight others seriously injured at night when heavily armed rebels attacked Munini in Bururi Province.
The assailants also torched a dozen houses, the radio added.
Radio Burundi also blamed rebels of the Forces for the Defence of Democracy (FDD) for Sunday dawn's attack on Muhwega in the south, where the armed dissidents burnt an administrative office and looted several shops.
FDD rebels have also reinforced their presence in Ruyigi province where they burnt the sole public high school at Nyabitare.
At least 11 persons were killed in the same attack while six others suffered serious injuries.
The rebels burnt four vehicles and a local market.
According to observers of the Burundi crisis, the rebels have stepped up pressure to demonstrate that peace cannot be restored in Burundi without their agreement.
The FDD is among armed groups excluded from the transitional government installed in Bujumbura last Thursday.

06 november 2001 23:40:00




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