BUJUMBURA, Burundi — At least 70 people were killed in an attack a week ago on a Roman Catholic church in Burundi as ethnic violence continued to escalate, the Red Cross said Saturday.
"People are being killed here almost every day now," said Daniel Philippin, chief of delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Bujumbura, the capital.
He said details of last Sunday's attack during a baptismal Mass at the church at Buhinyuza commune in the northeastern province of Muyinga were filtering out and it was now known that of the 70 dead, 60 were women and children.
He said it was not clear who was responsible. Previous official reports on the incident spoke of nine dead.
Burundi has the same ethnic mix of Hutus and Tutsis as neighboring Rwanda, which has gone through one of the worst tribal bloodlettings in history, with possibly more than a million Tutsis and moderate Hutus massacred by militant Hutus.