Crazy shootings killed 36 people in Burundi
The whereabouts unknown gunmen yesterday attacked a bar in Burundi, countries in central Africa region, killing at least 36 people dead.
Shootings happened at the bar at Chez les Amis Gatumba area, the capital of Burundi Bujumbura about 13 km, AFP reported. Witnesses said the attack lasted about 20 minutes. Some local people said the bar owned by a member of the ruling party in Burundi. When attacks occur, the restaurant is filled with members of the soccer team FC espoir.
"Those who attack us are simply not the robbers. They are the rebel soldiers. I swear there, because I have seen them," an injured anonymity said. "Dozens of people, including some in uniform, using Kalashnikov rifles and grenades to attack bar Chez les Amis", a survivor, but lost two brothers and a friend, says . "They forced all to lie down and began discharging ammunition."
Jacques Minani, governor of Bujumbura Rural province boundaries surrounding the capital, Bujumbura, said at least 36 people died after the shootings. At the scene, they found 23 bodies were located in the courtyard of the bar. According to Mr. Minani, the remaining 13 bodies had been transferred to the hospital in Bujumbura.
Bar Chez les Amis is just a sprawling pile of chairs and bottles, with a pool of blood on the ground. Police have blocked this bar, but faces opposition from an angry mob of up to several thousand people. They shout to claim the bodies were buried when the sun is not disabled.
Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza visited the scene on the day of the shootings yesterday, and declared three days of national mourning. Mr. Nkurunziza also said those responsible for killings will be arrested and brought to justice.
The attacks of the "armed bandits" are increasing in recent months in Burundi, and shootings at the bar Chez les Amis violence is the worst. Gatumba, where the shootings occurred, is a stronghold of the militants of the National Liberation Forces (FNL) led by Agathon Rwasa. This group which has always been condemned by violent attacks.
FNL movement of Hutu rebels, has entered the army in Burundi in 2009. However, the FNL leader Rwasa return path resistance is not recognized after the elections in this country last year. Rwasa accused the party of President Nkurunziza was a fraud.
Many people believe that the attack bar Chez les Amis was in retaliation for a number of FNL members were killed. Rwasa leaders last week accused the government officials in Burundi massacre and torture of more than 100 people supported him.
Burundi, a small country in Central Africa, are facing many difficult to heal after 13 years of civil war from 1993 to 2006. This war left more than 300,000 people dead. The increasing violence in recent years has raised concerns about a new conflict in Burundi.