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Tuesday, 5 December, 2000, 04:32 GMT
Civilian plane under fire in Burundi
Burundi fighter
Hutus and Tutsis have been fighting since 1993
A Belgian passenger plane came under fire early on Tuesday morning as it landed in Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi.

Two passengers are reported to have been slightly injured.

Burundi map
The Sabena Airbus A-300 was carrying more than 150 passengers when it came under fire from automatic weapons presumably wielded by rebels.

The plane landed safely and stayed on the runway for several hours.

A Sabena official confirmed that there had been an "incident" and that the plane would not continue on to Nairobi, its planned destination.

Rebel activity

Troops were deployed to the scene but no further rebel activity was reported.

Burundi has been the scene of fighting between Hutus and Tutsis - the same groups involved in the 1994 Rwandan genocide - since 1993.

Peace talks in Arusha, Tanzania ended last week with no progress.

Bujumbura's airport is located in a region outside the capital that is often attacked by rebels.

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30 Sep 00 | Africa
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