Gunmen kill at least 21 in Burundi attack

September 19, 2011 10:57


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BUJUMBURA - Gunmen in Burundi killed at least 21 people when they stormed a bar outside the capital, Bujumbura, late on Sunday, local residents said on Monday.

"Armed men raided a bar and started shooting into a crowd of people drinking and dancing. I myself counted 21 people who died on the spot," said resident Sake Matthieu, who also heads a human rights body.

Other residents in the town of Gatumba confirmed the attack.

Attacks against civilians and soldiers have escalated in recent months and there are growing fears of a new rebellion in the coffee-producing nation of 8 million people. Authorities blame bandits for the attacks.

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