Armed men massacre 36 in Burundi bar

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The Independent Online

A gang of armed men burst into a bar in the central African nation of Burundi on Sunday, killing 36 people, an official said yesterday. One wounded man said an attacker yelled: "Make sure there [are] no survivors."

Burundi, a tiny nation still reeling from a civil war that killed more than 250,000 people, is awash in weapons but attacks such as this are rare. Still, the region borders eastern Congo, which is riven by violence from a myriad of rebel groups.

The governor of Bujumbura province, Jacques Minani, said the attackers targeted the bar in Gatumba, west of Burundi's capital, after crossing the river from neighbouring Congo.

Jackson Kabura, a survivor who was shot in the stomach, said the men came in wearing military uniforms.

"One of them said, 'kill them all, kill them all. Make sure there's no survivors'," he said. AP

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