1 KILLED IN BURUNDI FOILED BANK ROBBERY
NAIROBI: At least one attacker was killed and vehicles burned during an attempted cross-border bank robbery in Burundi staged by “bandits” from the Democratic Republic of Congo, the attorney general said on Saturday (Sunday in Manila). Sylvestre Nyandwi said armed men entered through the Kavimvira-Gatumba crossing, 15 kilometers west of the capital Bujumbura, on Friday night. The gang had intended to rob a local bank, he said, adding that an investigation would be carried out to identify the perpetrators who are believed to have fled back across the border to Congo. The body of the killed man was seen lying on the ground on Saturday morning close to a burned truck, bullet-scarred buildings and other damaged vehicles. A military source said one police officer had also been wounded in the shoot-out. A regional spokesman for the Congolese army, Louis Tshimwang, confirmed an attack had taken place but said the assailants were members of a Burundian insurgent group, the FNL.