DEVELOPING STORY: Kigali Grenade Explosion Kills 5


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price geneva; font-size: small;”>Thoughts with all the families and victims at the Kigali hospital tonight. Truly awful attack. Goodnight from me.

1:00am: Susan Thomson: News of grenade attack in Kigali targeted opposition politicians. Can people confirm if 1) there was an attack; 2) targets, if any?

Nkunda Rwanda tweets: Reports allege that Alfred Nsengumuremyi, a leader in the opposition has been killed by the today’s grenade attacks in Kigali, Rwanda

Romee Linnekamp: Grenade attack in Kigali, wounds twenty.

Robert Daguillard tweets: Rwanda police spokesman tells @RadiyoyacuVOA at least 18 people injured in grenade explosion at Kigali open-air market.

Detlev Vreeken tweets: A grenade attack wounded 20 people near an open-air fruit and vegetable market in Rwanda’s capital Kigali.

WEDNESDAY 12:00am: Eugene Anangwe tweets: We can only wait and see. But all I know, Rwandans are resilient people. They shall not be cowed!

Lucy Mbabazi tweets: People trying to disturb the peace in Rwanda. You can’t deter us, we press on!

Graham Holliday tweets: I Am going out to check, but unconfimred report of possible 5 dead in “bomb” attack in Kigali.

22:45: Gashagaza Nelson tweets: They can harm our body, but can’t take away our love for a better Rwanda and our pride.

Opiaiya Angelo Izama tweets: Source: Police say two dead in possible grenade attack in Kigali, Rwanda

RosebellK Rosebell Kagumire tweets: Anyone with details on kigali, Rwanda blast? A friend in Kigali only told he heard some people were killed but really a confirmation.

Kigali Wire: Blast reported in Nyarutarama area of Kigali between RDB and MTN Centre.

TUESDAY: 9:30: Rwanda Police spokesperson Theos Badege has confirmed a serious grenade attack in Kigali has today January 3 left 20 injured.

“Yes, it’s true there has been a grenade attack in Marembo Village, Nyabisindu cell, Gasabo district we are investigating the matter,” Badege told press in Kigali.

He said the incident occurred at around 7pm today.

While Badege is hesitant to give correct number of deaths but witnesses told journalists at the scene that five dead bodies had been swiftly carried away by police moments after the bloody incident.

According to journalist Eugene Anangwe, a bomb was hurled at group of people in Remera opposite Ferwafa offices on the shortcut road to Kibagabaga.

18 were injured, he tweeted.

According to the Government of Rwanda, 18 grenade attacks were carried out by FDLR within Rwanda between December 2009 and March 2011, killing 14 people and injuring 219.

With the cooperation of the Rwandan authorities, a UN group of investigators in 2011 interviewed two detained FDLR perpetrators of grenade attacks in southern Rwanda.

One detainee described his recruitment by an FDLR liaison officer in the Ruzizi Plain, who had promised to pay for his medical studies in exchange for his collaboration.

After building up trust, he was tasked with retrieving grenades purchased in Uvira and transporting them to Butare, where he and other members set them off in forests.

According to the FDLR officers involved, the intent of the operations was to instil fear in the population and undermine the Rwandan Government’s claim that the country was secure.


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