A Burundian rebel group, the Red-Tabara has claimed it fired a series of mortar shells in an attack on positions protecting the airport of Bujumbura, Burundi’s capital, a day before President Evariste Ndayishimiye was due to fly out for the UN General Assembly in New York.
According to news24, a high level official who would not give their name, said ” It is a publicity stunt by RED-Tabara on the eve of the departure of his excellency the president to the United States, to get the whole world talking about them.”
While there were no injuries or damage to property, Conflicting reports have not confirmed if motor shells did indeed reach the airport
“We fired several shells towards the Bujumbura international airport,” RED-Tabara rebels said on Twitter.
RED-Tabara reportedly has a base in South Kivu in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. It has been active for close to 10 years
The attacks did not affect air traffic