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Burundi Rebels Admit Onslaught

A Hutu rebel group in Burundi has said it was responsible for the mortar attacks outside the capital, Bujumbura, and two other cities on Thursday that left several civilians dead. Although the Forces for the Defence of Democracy (FDD) was one of the groups that signed a peace accord with the government in December, they say they were simply defending themselves from attacks by the army. The FDD accuses the government of not abiding by the rules of the agreement, negotiated by South Africa. The shelling caused thousands to flee their homes. The BBC’s correspondent in Burundi, Prime Ndikumagenge, who went to see some of the displaced in an area about 10km outside the capital on Friday, said there were more than 20,000 mainly women and children in that one small centre alone. Full Story

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