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Burundi Voting Continues Despite Overnight Violence


Burundi is holding new elections in six districts where violence delayed last week's local polls.

Voting took place Tuesday despite overnight attacks near the capital, Bujumbura - wounding one child. The army says the attacks were designed to intimidate voters.

Burundian forces and United Nations peacekeepers were deployed to the six districts, where the voting got off to a peaceful, but slow, start.

Meanwhile, early results indicate a strong showing for the former Hutu rebel group, the Forces for the Defense of Democracy. But the main Hutu party (FRODEBU) has claimed the election was marred by violence, and should be annulled.

Last week's poll marked the first multi-party election in Burundi since civil war broke out in 1993. Nearly 300,000 people died in the fighting between the country's minority ethnic Tutsis and majority Hutus.

Some information for this report AP and Reuters.

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