Burundi warning

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The US Department of State warns that because of Burundi’s participation in peacekeeping operations in Somalia, the Somali terrorist organization al-Shabaab has threatened to conduct terror attacks in Burundi. It also may target US interests.

The Burundian civil war lasted from 1993 to 2006. In December 2008, the government and the last rebel group signed their final cease-fire agreement. Burundi held general elections in 2010 that were generally considered credible, but political tensions ran high and there were incidents of violence.

Low-level political violence persists. The areas of Bujumbura Rural, Makamba, Rumonge and the area neighboring the Kibira forest are of particular concern.

There are no known armed militia groups operating in Burundi. In general, crime poses the highest risk in both Bujumbura and Burundi. Corruption is endemic in Burundi and contributes to an environment where the rule of law is not respected.

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The US Department of State warns that because of Burundi’s participation in peacekeeping operations in Somalia, the Somali terrorist organization al-Shabaab has threatened to conduct terror attacks in Burundi. It also may target US interests.

The Burundian civil war lasted from 1993 to 2006. In December 2008, the government and the last rebel group signed their final cease-fire agreement. Burundi held general elections in 2010 that were generally considered credible, but political tensions ran high and there were incidents of violence.

Low-level political violence persists. The areas of Bujumbura Rural, Makamba, Rumonge and the area neighboring the Kibira forest are of particular concern.

There are no known armed militia groups operating in Burundi. In general, crime poses the highest risk in both Bujumbura and Burundi. Corruption is endemic in Burundi and contributes to an environment where the rule of law is not respected.