Armed 'Congo terrorist group' kills 26 people in Burundi

Saturday May 12 2018

An unknown group armed with guns and knives

An unknown group armed with guns and knives raided a village in Burundi's Cibitoke province killing 26 people and setting fire to buildings. GOOGLE MAP 

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At least 26 people were killed and seven others wounded when an unknown armed group attacked a village in Burundi’s northwestern Cibitoke province on Friday night, the Public Security minister has said.

Alain Guillaume Bunyoni said the attackers were “terrorists” from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“We are a cooperating with the DRC government to ensure this terrorist group is stopped,” he said after visiting the village.

“This terrorist group will not get away with it,” he added, calling on citizens to remain calm.

The attack comes days ahead of the May 17 constitutional amendment referendum that has raised fears of instability in the country.

While the opposition has complained of insecurity, the Ministry of Public Security insists safety has improved.

The Friday night attack has stoked fears in the country amid concerns that should the constitution be amended, President Pierre Nkurunziza could rule the country until 2034. His incumbency was at the centre of the 2015 political crisis when vied for a controversial third term.

The victims will be buried on Monday.