Burundi gunmen kill one, insurgency fears rise

August 11, 2011 12:33

BUJUMBURA - Gunmen killed one soldier and seriously wounded five people in western Burundi, the latest attack in a spate of violent incidents that have raised fears of a new insurgency in the central African country.

Burundi has enjoyed relative peace since the former Hutu hard line rebel Forces for National Liberation (FNL) laid down their weapons and joined the government in 2009 after two decades of insurgency.

But attacks against civilians and soldiers have increased in recent months and Uprona, the main Tutsi party and part of the coalition government led by President Pierre Nkurunziza, has said they bear the hallmarks of a new rebellion.

Wednesday's attack came after Burundi police killed three gunmen suspected to be former FNL fighters in a shootout on Sunday.

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