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3 bodies found in 1 grave in violence-hit Burundi capital

01 March 2016, 08:26

Bujumbura — Burundian authorities have discovered three bodies in a single grave in the capital, heightening concerns about the existence of mass graves in the violence-plagued country.

Burundian security forces on Monday watched as residents dug up a grave that had been suspected to contain up to 30 bodies in Bujumbura's Mutakura neighborhood.

Bujumbura Mayor Freddy Mbonimpa said a former rebel who recently surrendered showed security forces to the grave, but two men paraded before the media as suspects in the apparent killings denied any involvement.

Also read: African leaders in Burundi push for talks

Bujumbura has been wracked by violence since April 2015 when President Pierre Nkurunziza announced he would seek a third term that he ultimately won. Since then hundreds of people have been killed.

Many here blame the spiraling violence on the country's security forces.

- AP


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