According to the neighbours, the victims were preparing an “illegal brew” when they were attacked by a group armed with Kalashnikovs (semi-automatic and fully automatic rifles). (File picture)

Four people who live in the same house have been killed by unknown persons in the Rubirizi sector commune of Mutimbuzi, about 10 kilometres from the west of Bujumbura, in Burundi.

Another two people were hurt during the attack and were taken to a nearby hospital for further medical treatment.

According to the neighbours, the victims were preparing an “illegal brew” near their residence when they were attacked by a group armed with Kalashnikovs (semi-automatic and fully automatic rifles).

Police spokesman Deputy Moise Nkurunziza said no one had the right to take someone’s life, even though they were preparing the “prohibited brew”.

“Whoever has done it is a criminal because the death penalty has been abolished in Burundi”, he said.

He said investigations had been launched.

According to some reports, some officials and police agents in Burundi have been fingered in corruption cases linked with the preparation of the “illegal brew”.

Two months ago, the government of Burundi launched a campaign to ban the consumption of illegal brew in the country.  

- African News Agency