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Vol 40 No 18

Published 10th September 1999


Burundi

Nervous tension

Rising violence forces Buyoya to rethink tactics at the Arusha peace talks

There has also been bitter fighting in Bujumbura itself, where about 60 people died on 28 August including, according to the army, 20 of the Hutu rebels who started it. Even the official account of the fighting is blurred but there are good reasons for believing that the raiders were from the FDD, which is led by 'Colonel' Jean-Bosco Ndayikengurukiye. The FDD spokesperson in Brussels, Jérôme Ndiho, gave an account which differed from those of eyewitnesses and of the government but did claim that his people were involved. Survivors of the attack on the capital's southern Musaga district say the attackers focussed on Tutsi civilians, burning about ten houses with their occupants inside, dancing as they sang: 'Oh, Jesus, help us to kill the Tutsi! Alleluia!'

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