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SECURITY FORCES SEIZE AREA NEAR CAPITAL OF BURUNDI IN SEARCH FOR GUNMEN, ARMS

Security forces seized control of a suburb of the Burundi capital and launched a search for tribal gunmen and their weapons, the military said Thursday.

A Defense Ministry spokesman said extremist Hutu gunmen in the northern suburb of Kamenge were defeated on Wednesday when gendarmes took control of the area after two soldiers were killed and four were wounded in clashes Tuesday."Kamenge is occupied by gendarmes and we are now proceeding with a search," Lieutenant Colonel Jean Bosco Daradangwe told reporters. He added that the number of dead and wounded among the gunmen was unknown.

"Things in Kamenge seem to be back to normal now after the fighting," a foreign aid official told Reuters. "We sent a convoy on the main road through there today with no problems."

A team from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) went to Kamenge Thursday to search for casualties. The ICRC evacuated 11 wounded among residents of the suburb who fled Tuesday.