- Title: BURUNDI: FIGHTING BETWEEN HUTUS AND TUTSIS INTENSIFIES
- Date: 26th June 1995
- Summary: CIBITOKE, BURUNDI (JUNE 26, 1995)(RTV - ACCESS ALL) 1. SV PEOPLE MILLING IN THE STREETS OF CIBITOKE PROVINCE 0.16 2. SV SEVERAL PEOPLE STANDING OUTSIDE BOMB DAMAGED RESIDENCE 0.23 3. SV CIBITOKE SIGN ON RESIDENCE WALL 0.37 4. SV DEAD BODY COVERED WITH SHEET 0.48 5. SV MORE PEOPLE MILLING IN ROAD 1.02 6. SV DAMAGED VEHICLE 1.06 7. SV BODIES UNDER COVER 1.16 8. SV CHILDREN WATCHING THROUGH WINDOW 1.19 9. SV BODY OF YOUNG CHILD 1.28 10. SCU DEAD YOUNG MAN ON SIDE OF ROAD 1.42 11. SCU MORE DEAD BODIES 1.50 12. SV FIRE DAMAGED BUILDING 2.10 13. SV CHARRED REMAINS OF BED 2.19 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: CIBITOKE, BURUNDI
- Country: Burundi
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- Story Text: Fighting between Hutu militia groups and the Tutsi-dominated army in Burundi has intensified, raising fears that the country is slipping into a renewed ethnic crisis between the majority Hutus and the Tutsi minority.
Gunfire and grenade explosions rocked Burundi's capital Bujumbura on Sunday (June 25) and aid workers said displaced Hutus who had taken refuge outside the city reported that between 30 and 40 civilians were killed by mortars fired by the army.
In the Burundi province of Cibitoke, dozens of bodies littered the ground on Monday (June 26) as the Burundi army continued its search for Hutu gunmen accused of carrying out recent attacks on the army.
The Hutu guerrillas killed 12 Tutsis, mainly women and children in Cibitoke.
The Burundi army operation aimed at flushing out Hutu guerrillas now stretches to the border north of Bujumbura up to northwest Cibitoke province as the latest episode of violence in the troubled central African state continues.
Tens of thousands of people have died in ethnic fighting in Burundi between Hutus and Tutsis since 1993 when the country's first democratically elected president, a Hutu, was assassinated by renegade soldiers.
Some foreign diplomats and aid workers fear the central African country could descend into all-out bloodshed like its neighbour Rwanda, where up to a million Tutsis and moderate Hutus died in a genocide last year by Hutu troops and gunmen.
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