Security forces in Burundi have killed at least 14 armed men who had intended to launch an attack in the northwestern province of Bubanza, police and residents said.

Police deputy spokesman Moise Nkurunziza said on state broadcaster RTNB that the men, said to be from the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), entered the province at dawn on Tuesday and were killed in the district of Musigati.

“Dismantlement… of a group of armed criminals from the DRC,” the country’s security ministry wrote in a tweet on Tuesday.

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“Fourteen criminals were killed and 11 guns they were carrying seized,” it added.

While the ministry did not say whether any police officers were killed, witnesses and local administration sources said that several had died, AFP news agency

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