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US Diplomats To Quit Burundi

The United States has told non-emergency staff at its embassy in Burundi to leave the country following fighting in the capital, Bujumbura. The Burundi army, struggling for control of Bujumbura, said 28 ethnic Hutu rebels had been killed in a fresh offensive and most of the victims were child fighters aged between 11- and 15-years-old. An army spokesman said that the rebels had attacked three suburbs east of the city on Sunday before being turned back by government troops. The capital is on Monday reported to be relatively calm. The US State Department said that the rebels had fired rockets and mortars at the city and attacked vehicles on the roads in and around the city. Fighting, which broke out between the Hutu rebel group of National Liberation Forces, (FNL), and the Tutsi-dominated army in the capital a week ago, has claimed about 170 lives, according to the United Nations. Scores of people have been wounded, and more than 15,000 have fled their homes. Full Story

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