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Bujumbura - The last rebel group in Burundi still holding out against a peace deal to end the country's 12-year conflict ambushed a group of soldiers, killing four soldiers and a civilian, a local official said.
The National Liberation Force, or FNL, has repeatedly violated a ceasefire. Saturday's attack was in a rural part of Bujumbura, said local chief Hakizimana Mossi.
Burundi is emerging from more than a decade of ethnic clashes between majority Hutus and minority Tutsis which left more than 250 000 people, mostly civilians, dead. A series of peace deals led to democratic elections last year and the formation of a power-sharing government between members of the two communities.
The FNL, a Hutu group, has been the only holdout, but recently agreed to peace talks.
Burundi's conflict started in 1993 when Tutsi paratroopers assassinated Burundi's first democratically elected president, a Hutu. Tutsis have dominated the country's government, military and economy since independence in 1962. - Sapa-AP