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Three Swiss Red Cross Workers Shot to Death in Burundi

June 4, 1996

GENEVA (AP) _ Three Swiss Red Cross workers were ambushed in a vehicle and shot to death Tuesday in Burundi.

Tony Burgener, a spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross, said the attack occurred when the three men were delivering water and medical supplies to hospitals in the Cibitoke area of the landlocked East African nation.

Red Cross delegates in a second car saw the shooting and managed to inform Geneva headquarters.

Killed were Reto Neunenschwander, 39; Juan Ruffino, 36; and Fredric Martin, 32. All were Swiss citizens.

The Red Cross stepped up humanitarian aid to Cibitoke province in the northern Burundi in recent days, Burgener said, because ``the whole population there is cut off from water there. We felt we had to start a full operation in the region.″

He said there had not been any attacks on humanitarian staff in the area before.

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