BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) _ The Burundian army killed 100 Hutu rebels over the weekend in an operation to clear them from a stronghold in southern Burundi, a military spokesman said Monday.

Army spokesman Lt. Col. Isaie Nibizi told state-run radio that an army operation was continuing in the Bururi Province, about 115 miles south of the capital, Bujumbura.

Two soldiers were wounded and 100 rebels were killed Saturday during the operations to chase the Hutu insurgents from from the area, Nibizi said.

Tutsis make up 14 percent of Burundi's population, but have controlled the country _ and its 85 percent Hutu majority _ for all but four months since Burundi gained independence from colonial rule in 1962.

Fighting between rebels and the Tutsi military government has been ongoing since 1993, when Burundi's first Hutu president was killed by Tutsi paratroopers.

More than 150,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed.