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Burundi Army Repel Hutu Rebel Attack on Bujumbura

The Burundi army said on Saturday it had repelled a five-day rebel attack believed to have killed up to 174 people in two southern suburbs of the capital Bujumbura. “The facts speak for themselves, the enemy has been chased out of the capital,” said army spokesman, Colonel Augustin Nzabampema. Local officials and aid workers estimated up to 174 people died in heavy shelling this week as Hutu rebels armed with mortars fought the Tutsi-led army for control of the Kanyosha and Musaga suburbs. The city regained a semblance of normality on Saturday as shops and banks reopened on streets busy with traffic, but many residents from war-hit districts remained wary of reports of executions by rebels lingering in the area. “I will wait one or two days before going home. I am not sure if the rebels have left Musaga,” said Beatrice Nikoyagize, one of the thousands of displaced people in Bujumbura. Full Story

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