By Nangayi Guyson, – Seven civilians were killed by gunmen on Wednesday in an area north of Bujumbura that residents suspect of harbouring a reformed rebellion and where security forces launched a swoop.
“When we arrived at the scene we found six bodies with bullet and machete wounds and 11 others injured four of them critically,” Ntirandekura told AFP, adding that a seventh victim died in hospital.
Earlier, regional police chief David Nikiza said two civilians were killed and wounded in the Rukoko marshes by unidentified armed bandits.
Regional administrator Bonaventure Ntirandekura said a gang of eight bandits in army uniform attacked and killed sugar factory workers in the Rukoko area.
Several official sources said a large police and military operation was launched in the area following the kidnapping of four people on Tuesday.
“We have been hearing a lot of shooting from the Rukoko area… but we don’t know if there are any casualties,” one local official said on condition of anonymity.