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Rebels Shell Burundi Capital

Burundi’s second largest Hutu rebel group – the Forces for National Liberation (FNL) – have launched the fiercest attack on the capital, Bujumbura, for almost three months. The fighting started early on Monday morning and was concentrated in the southern suburbs of the capital. The army reacted by firing back at the rebel positions. The attack was the first sustained shelling since President Domitien Ndayizeye – himself a moderate Hutu – took office on 30 April for the second half of a three-year transitional government. President Ndayizeye has threatened to use all necessary means to crush Hutu rebel fighters who failed to join the peace process that brought him to power. The FNL say the attack is a warning to the government of President Ndayizeye to enter into negotiations with them. Full Story

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