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Burundi rebels killed in clashes

BBC Africa/Maximilian Kasseh, Jr.

Government forces in Burundi killed 14 members of a rebel group and seized 11 guns following heavy clashes on Tuesday in Musigasi district in the north-western province of Bubanza, the security ministry has said.

Red-Tabara, a rebel movement opposed to the government of President Pierre Nkurunziza, said it was behind the attack in a statement posted on Twitter, saying Burundi was “not safe for a pretend regime”.

Several armed groups opposed to Mr. Nkurunziza's regime were formed after the 2015 political crisis, which was sparked by his push for a controversial third term in office.

Fabien Banciryanino, an MP who was in Musigasi at the time of the attacks, told the BBC that fighting began on Tuesday morning and carried on in the afternoon.

He said that residents fleeing the area said the rebels came from neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.

Red-Tabara, FNL-Nzabampema and Forebu are among the groups that operate in eastern DR Congo from where they launch attacks in Burundi.


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