Army Says Hutu Rebels Killed 30
Oct. 22, 1999
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) _ Hutu rebels killed more than 30 people in an attack on a village northeast of Burundi's capital, the army said Friday.
The raid at Mpehe village near Muramvya, about 25 miles from the capital Bujumbura, occurred early Thursday, military spokesman Longin Minani said. He said some victims were shot and others were hacked to death with machetes.
There was no independent confirmation of his report.
The rebels also injured two soldiers when they attacked a military outpost near refugee camps north of the capital on Thursday, Minani said. The raid occurred hours before French Minister for Cooperation Charles Josselin left Bujumbura, he said.
Hutu rebels ``are always knocking at the doors of the capital to make themselves heard'' whenever prominent individuals visit, Minani said. Clashes between soldiers and rebels around the capital have left more than 20 dead this week.
The minority Tutsi-dominated government and military are fighting a civil war against Hutu rebels in which more than 200,000 people have died over six years. The United Nations estimates 500,000 Burundians have been driven from their homes and are living in camps around the country.
Hutus make up the vast majority of the 6.5 million citizens of this East African nation.