Rwanda says Congolese soldier crossed border and opened hearth

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KIGALI, Rwanda — Rwanda’s navy says a Congolese soldier crossed the border and commenced taking pictures at Rwandan safety forces and civilians earlier than being shot useless, the most recent escalation in tensions between the international locations that has led to speak of conflict.

A Rwanda Protection Power assertion stated the unidentified soldier crossed the border Friday morning in Rubavu district and injured two Rwandan law enforcement officials. The assertion stated a Rwanda Nationwide Police officer fired in self-defense and the Congolese soldier was killed.

The Rwandan assertion stated Congolese authorities have been knowledgeable and border officers from each international locations have been on the scene. A physique of navy specialists from regional states additionally was on the scene.

“The scenario on the border is now calm,” Rwanda’s assertion stated.

A Congo authorities spokesman confirmed an “incident” however gave no particulars. The physique of the Congolese soldier was taken again throughout the border and into town of Goma, the place a big crowd accompanied the automobile along with his stays whereas shouting “hero.”

A long time-old tensions between Rwanda, which has considered one of Africa’s best militaries, and Congo, one of many continent’s largest and most troubled international locations, have spiked alongside their shared border a number of hours’ drive from Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, which hosts the Commonwealth summit subsequent week.

Alarm has reached the purpose the place Kenya’s president is urging the fast deployment of a newly created regional pressure to jap Congo to maintain the peace.

Either side has accused the opposite of incursions. Congo now seeks to droop all agreements with Rwanda. If Rwanda needs conflict, “it is going to have conflict,” a spokesman for the navy governor of Congo’s North Kivu province advised 1000’s of protesters on Wednesday.

Rwanda’s state minister for international affairs accountable for East African affairs, Manasseh Nshuti, advised reporters Friday that dialogue “is the answer” to the problems with Congo.

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