Rebels killed in clashes

BUJUMBURA - At least six Burundi fighters were killed yesterday in clashes between rival rebel factions.

BUJUMBURA - At least six Burundi fighters were killed yesterday in clashes between rival rebel factions.

This prompted scores of residents to flee the capital's northern suburbs, witnesses said.

"I have already seen six bodies, but there could be more," said a reporter in Buterere suburb where the early morning fighting erupted.

Residents said the dead were insurgents opposed to Agathon Rwasa, leader of Burundi's last remaining rebel group, the Forces for National Liberation (FNL).

It was the first outbreak of violence since the FNL walked out of a truce-monitoring team for the second time in July, sparking fears of renewed ethnic bloodshed in the small coffee-growing nation of 8million.

Ethnic conflict has killed an estimated 300000 people since 1993. - Reuters

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