- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 27, 2001

Rebels kill civiliansnear Burundi's capital
BUJUMBURA, Burundi Nineteen civilians were killed in fighting between the army and ethnic Hutu rebels in the hills around this capital last week, some of them executed by rebels in their homes, witnesses said.
Clashes between the army and the FNL, one of two main rebel groups in Burundi, began last Thursday near Mageyo, 12 miles northeast of Bujumbura.
Hundreds of civilians fled their homes, and part of the main road leading north from the capital was closed until Monday, when the army said it had flushed out the rebels and regained control of the road.
"Armed people, very numerous, broke the door with stones and asked for money," a middle-aged woman from Mageyo who declined to give her name told Burundi's independent African Public Radio.
"Every time my son said he had no money, they struck him on his head with a machete. They struck him five times and then shot him in the throat."

UNITA attackers cutelectricity to capital
LUANDA, Angola Rebels have stepped up guerrilla attacks across the oil- and diamond-rich southwest African nation, threatening this capital city.
On Tuesday, rebels of Jonas Savimbi's National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) destroyed three power transformers outside Luanda, plunging parts of the capital into darkness. Yesterday many parts of the city remained without power or water.
In a statement yesterday, UNITA said its forces stormed government positions to the south on Tuesday, killing 23 troops and seizing huge supplies of arms, in the closest attack to the seaport capital in years.

Journalists said held by Eritrean authorities
NAIROBI, Kenya At least nine journalists have been detained by authorities in Eritrea this week, a press rights body said yesterday, a week after the private news outlets they work for were shut.
The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists said the arrests were made over the past few days by Eritrean security forces in Asmara.
"The arrests came less than a week after authorities abruptly closed all privately owned newspapers, allegedly to safeguard national unity in the face of growing political turmoil," CPJ said in a statement received here.
It said the arrests by President Issaias Afeworki's security forces appeared to be "part of a full-scale effort to suppress political dissent in advance of elections scheduled for December."

Weekly notes
Presidents Joseph Kabila of Congo and Paul Kagame of Rwanda arrived separately in Malawi yesterday for talks aimed at bringing peace to Africa's Great Lakes region. The two heads of state were welcomed to Blantyre by host President Bakili Muluzi. Former Rwandan finance minister Emmanuel Ndindabahizi, who is charged with genocide, has been transferred from Belgium to the United Nations Rwanda court's detention facility at Arusha, Tanzania.
* From wire dispatches and staff reports

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