Burundi Security Sources disclosed on Sunday that at least 15 people were burnt beyond recognition or shot dead in a horrific attack in Central Burundi after armed men blocked off a road and started killing travellers randomly.
The ambush on Saturday night took place in Muramvya province, mirroring similar attacks staged here last year.
An Eyewitness explained that armed men barricaded a road with boulders and sprayed bullets on vehicles. They also poured petrol and set alight two buses, burning the passengers alive in what the witness said were “scenes of horror”
A Local Official said at least 13 people were torched alive and between two and five shot dead, 15 others were wounded, of whom six had serious injuries.
The interior ministry confirmed the 8:00 pm attack near the Munanira hill but did not provide a toll.
Civil society groups in exile blame such attacks on ethnic rivalry and infighting in the former Hutu rebel group Cndd-FDD, which is now in power.