BBC Homepage World Service Education
BBC Homepagelow graphics version | feedback | help
BBC News Online
 You are in: World: Africa
Front Page 
World 
Africa 
Americas 
Asia-Pacific 
Europe 
Middle East 
South Asia 
-------------
From Our Own Correspondent 
-------------
Letter From America 
UK 
UK Politics 
Business 
Sci/Tech 
Health 
Education 
Entertainment 
Talking Point 
In Depth 
AudioVideo 



The BBC's Graham Satchell
"Questions will be asked about why Charlotte was travelling"
 real 56k

Friday, 29 December, 2000, 14:56 GMT
Burundi ambush leaves 20 dead
Hutus training in Burundi
The Burundian Government blames Hutu rebels
By Chris Simpson in Kigali

The Burundian authorities say at least 20 people were killed and another 20 injured when a bus travelling from Rwanda came under attack on Thursday afternoon.

Several women and children are reported to be among the dead.

The bus was ambushed at Muheto around 30km north-east of the Burundian capital, Bujumbura. A truck and a car were also attacked.

Government military spokesman Colonel Longin Minani blamed the incident on Hutu rebels arguing that rebel groups had made a point of hitting so-called soft civillian targets, rather than taking on the Burundian army.

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

Stark reminder

The bus had been travelling on Burundi's national route one, the main road connecting Burundi with neighbouring Rwanda.

Hundreds of Rwandans and Burundians make the journey between the Rwandan capital Kigali and Bujumbura every week, visiting friends and family and taking produce back and forth.

Despite frequent rebel attacks on other roads, national route one had been considered safe in recent months.

This latest incident offers a firm reminder that for all the talk about peace and reconiciliation over the past few months the war in Burundi is still very much on.

The Hutu rebels have ruled out any ceasefire for the time being arguing that essential conditions have not been met.

The government says it has no option but to fight the rebels wherever it can, and will not tolerate any further provocation.

Search BBC News Online

Advanced search options
Launch console
BBC RADIO NEWS
BBC ONE TV NEWS
WORLD NEWS SUMMARY
PROGRAMMES GUIDE
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more Africa stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Africa stories