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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.

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