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Gunmen kill 23 people in Burundi

Ⓒ AFP/Archivos – Carl de Souza – | Burundian soldiers guard a voting center in the Musaga neighborhood of Bujumbura on July 21, 2015, during the presidential elections

Gunmen killed at least 23 people on Friday night in an attack on a village in north-western Burundi, a local source said Saturday.

“We have counted 23 dead, men, women and children, but the balance could increase because we are still looking for more victims,” ​​the source told AFP on condition of anonymity.

In addition, according to several witnesses, ten people were wounded in the attack of a group of men armed with rifles and knives that also set fire to houses in a village in the province of Cibitoke, bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and with Rwanda.

“These criminals went from house to house and committed an authentic carnage, some of the victims were beheaded, others were killed with guns, (…), there is even a whole family burned alive in their house,” the local source explained.

At the moment, the reasons for this massacre and the identity of the attackers who, according to several inhabitants, later went to the Democratic Republic of the Congo are unknown.

Burundi celebrates a controversial constitutional referendum on May 17 that could allow President Pierre Nkurunziza to remain in power until 2034.

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