21:52 GMT24 February 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A group of armed men attacked the residents of a village in northwestern Burundi killing at least 26 people and injuring seven more, Xinhua reported citing authorities.

    The incident took place on Friday night in a village located in the province of Cibitoke close to the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Xinhua news agency reported.

    The motives and details of the attack are not specified. 

    According to earlier information, 23 people have been killed. 

    READ MORE: At Least 2 People Killed in Grenade Explosion in Burundi

    The attack came shortly before Burundians vote May 17 in a controversial referendum that could extend the president's term.

    Burundi, East African country has witnessed deadly political violence since early 2015 when President Pierre Nkurunziza continued a disputed third term.

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