KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Hutu rebels armed with machetes and clubs hacked to death at least 110 people in attacks northwest of the Rwandan capital of Kigali, an army commander said Sunday.
Col. Fred Ibingira said soldiers had counted 110 bodies of those killed in attacks Friday at Buheta and Raba communes, about 30 miles northwest of Kigali. The attacks were not reported until Sunday.
The attackers, who included residents from the area, burned down a local official’s house, he said. It wasn’t clear whether the official was killed.
The attack was the worst since rebels — former Hutu soldiers and militiamen — killed 34 people last month at a roadside inn on the main road between Kigali and the northwest.
The attackers are among those responsible for the 1994 genocide of more than 500,000 minority Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus. The killing ended when Tutsi-led rebels won power in July 1994.
Rebel attacks have increased since November 1996, when Hutu fighters mingled with more than 1 million refugees who returned from exile in neighboring countries.