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Burundian army claims killing 68 rebels

The Burundian army attacked a rebel stronghold in a dense central forest with mortars and artillery, killing 68 insurgents, an army officer said Thursday. The rebels said only two of their fighters were killed. The fighting lasted more than six hours Wednesday in Kibira forest, 24 miles northeast of Bujumbura, said Gen. Sylvester Nimubona, the regional army commander. Four soldiers were wounded in the clashes, he said. Kibira is one of rebels’ main bases. “The enemy has suffered a big defeat,” Nimubona said. “I have given the order to local officials to tell villagers to seek the corpses and bury them to avoid diseases.” Rashid Nahimana, a bus driver who was traveling close to the fighting, said traffic in the area was stopped for more than four hours because of the clashes. “We could hear very loud explosions within Kibira,” he said. Full Story

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