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Burundi president sends condolences to families of victims of deadly attack | Coastweek

CIBITOKE Burundi (Xinhua) -- Soldiers stand guard [left] as Burundian Public Security and Disaster Management Minister Alain Guillaume Bunyoni [right] visits a village in the province of Cibitoke, northwestern Burundi. At least 26 persons were killed and eight others seriously injured in a gunmen attack on Friday night at a village in the province of Cibitoke, northwestern Burundi, the security minister said Saturday. XINHUA PHOTOS - EVRARD NGENDAKUMANA

Burundi president sends condolences
to families of victims of deadly attack

BUJUMBURA Burundi (Xinhua) -- Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza Saturday sent condolences to families of victims of a terrorists attack on Friday night that left at least 26 dead in the province of Cibitoke, northwestern Burundi.

“We send condolences to the families of victims and we are committed to assisting survivals,” Nkurunziza on Twitter.

Nkurunziza called on all Burundian citizens to remain united. “Those who perpetrated the killings must be arrested and sanctioned according to the law,” he added.

Terrorists, who crossed the border from Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), attacked a Burundian village in Buganda district Friday night and killed 24 on the spot while 2 others died at the hospital.

Burundian Public Security and Disaster Management Minister Alain Guillaume Bunyoni said on Saturday the Burundian government is in touch with DRC leaders in order to plan a joint operation to fight against the terrorists.

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EARLIER REPORT:

‘Terrorists’ kill 26, injure eight in northwestern Burundi: minister

BUJUMBURA, (Xinhua) -- At least 26 persons were killed and eight others seriously injured in a gunmen attack on Friday night at a village in the province of Cibitoke, northwestern Burundi, the security minister said Saturday.

Burundian Public Security and Disaster Management Minister Alain Guillaume Bunyoni, who visited the village near the border with Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo), said the “terrorists” who crossed the border from the DR Congo killed 26 people, among which 24 died on the spot and 2 others died at the hospital.

The terrorists retreated into the DR Congo after the attack, said Bunyoni, adding that the Burundian government is in touch with DR Congo’s leaders in order to plan a joint operation to fight against them.

He also “strongly” condemned the killings.

The Burundian government will pay fees related to the funeral of the dead people due on next Tuesday, as well as fees related to the victims’ medical care, said Bunyoni. The government will also assist families of the victims of the killings, he said. 

           

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