Corpses found in river in Burundi

2011-04-22 20:27

Bujumbura - Between four and 13 corpses have been found in a river in Muyinga province in eastern Burundi, sources said on Friday.

"The populations of Muyinga and Buhinyuza district said they have found 13 corpses floating on the Ruvubu river since the beginning of the month," Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, who heads the rights group Aprodeh, told AFP.

Some were "wrapped up in sacks and others had the limbs tied or bore traces of a violent death", he said, citing the local residents.

"We sent a team and our people personally saw four bodies... People told them the others had been carried off by the river, whose level has risen," he said.

Officials from the two districts confirmed the presence of four bodies, while private radio station RPA broadcast the figure of 13.

"We have not yet identified the bodies or the exact circumstances of the deaths, but several elements... seem to indicate that these are victims of extra-judicial killings," Mbonimpa said.

Burundi has been hit by a wave of reprisal killings and extra-judicial executions since last year's elections.

The tiny central African country has barely emerged from more than a decade of civil war in which some 300 000 people died between 1993 and 2006.

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