Burundi village attack leaves 26 dead ahead of referendum Image copyright AFP Image caption Opposition groups have vowed to disrupt the 17 May referendum At least 26 people were killed after armed attackers targeted a village in north-west Burundi, amid tensions ahead of a controversial referendum.
The armed men crossed the border from DR Congo to carry out the attack in Cibitoke province, officials said.
They went house to house with guns and knives, burning homes, witnesses said.
Correspondents say the attack may have been an attempt to disrupt next week's referendum which could extend the president's stay in power until 2034.
President Nkurunziza has ruled Burundi since the civil war ended there in 2005. His attempt to run for a third term in 2015 plunged the tiny central African nation into fresh turmoil.
Burundi country profileSecurity Minister Alain Guillaume Bunyoni described the attackers as "terrorists coming from and returning to Congo shot and burned: 26 dead and ..