A group of armed men attacked the residents of a village in northwestern Burundi killing at least 26 people and injuring seven more, Xinhua reported citing authorities.

The incident took place on Friday night in a village located in the province of Cibitoke close to the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Xinhua news agency reported.

The motives and details of the attack are not specified. 

According to earlier information, 23 people have been killed. 

The attack came shortly before Burundians vote May 17 in a controversial referendum that could extend the president’s term.

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