Heavy Gunfire as Rwanda, DRC Soldiers Clash


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The sources further pointed out that Rwanda Defence Forces swiftly intervened “as people started leaving their homes” thus killing one of the attackers.

“We don’t know what FARDC and FDLR were up to because they started firing early morning and only stopped when RDF engaged them,” said a source.

The fighting took place at Busasamana near the DRC border where several Rwandans were injured by Congolese heavy artillery bombardments during the war against M23 rebels last year.

DRC army spokesperson, Olivier Hamuli denied accusations that FARDC attacked Rwanda.

“RDF soldiers attacked our positions in Kanyesheja around 5:00am which compelled FARDC to react accordingly,” said Hamuli.

The counter accusations of hostilities are likely to stoke tensions at the border at a time when observers thought the two countries had decided to bury the hatchet and move on.

Officials said some Congolese soldiers crossed into Rwanda to steal cows and extort money from Rwandans near the border.

DRC and Rwanda nearly went to a fully-fledged war in 2013 after several people were killed in Musanze by FARDC bombs as a UN force battled the M23 rebel movement.

Following the defeat of the M23 fighters, Rwanda piled pressure on FARDC and UN Joint Force to deal with the threat posed by FDLR, a group of militants whose leaders and ideology are responsible for the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

Kigali is yet to issue a statement on the incident.


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