Burundi: Bujumbura attacks kill almost 90 people

    Burundi: Bujumbura attacks kill almost 90 people

    Dec 13, Bujumbura: Around 90 people were found dead in Burundi's capital Bujumbura on Saturday, a day after the government said an unidentified group carried out coordinated attacks on three military installations, media reports said. Eight security officers were among those killed during and after Friday's attacks, Burundian army spokesman Colonel Gaspard Baratuza said.

    Baratuza said, "The final toll of the attacks yesterday is 79 enemies killed, 45 captured and 97 weapons seized, and on our side eight soldiers and policemen were killed and 21 wounded," AFP news agency reported.

    A climate of fear has engulfed Bujumbura after the sound of battle could be heard throughout Friday and sporadic gunfire overnight. Residents hid in their houses leaving only security personnel patrolling the streets.

    An eyewitness told the Associated Press he counted 21 bodies with bullet wounds in their heads in the Nyakabiga neighbourhood on Saturday morning. Some of the dead had their hands tied behind their backs.

    Three soldiers were killed in the pre-dawn raid by an unidentified group in the Ngagara, Musaga and Mujejuru areas, two soldiers who insisted on anonymity for fear of reprisals told AP.

    Army spokesman Gaspard Baratuza told state radio that the army killed 12 of the attackers and 20 others were arrested, including one who was wounded and is being treated at a military hospital.

    The violence is linked to President Pierre Nkurunziza's third term in office, which many Burundians and foreign observers had opposed as unconstitutional and in violation of a peace accord. The treaty ended a civil war in which 300,000 people were killed between 1993 and 2006.

    According to media reports, at least 240 people have been killed since April and about 215,000 others have fled to neighbouring countries, according to the United Nations.

    Several hundred people have also been imprisoned for opposing Nkurunziza's re-election in July this year.

    The Oslo Times


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