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Gunmen from Burundi attack village in Nyaruguru, four of them killed

Defence and Military spokesperson Lt Col Innocent Munyengango speaks to the media at a past event. (File)

On Saturday early morning, armed men from Burundi attacked a village in Nyaruguru District, leaving three Rwanda soldiers with minor injuries,  Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) confirmed.

RDF said the unidentified gunmen attacked its defensive position at Ruheru sector in the Southern Province.


According to the Military Spokesperson, Lt Col Innocent Munyengango, the RDF is currently pursuing the attackers.


"The gunmen attacked from Burundi and they fled back in the same direction leaving behind four of their dead and various military equipment that include weapons and communication radios," he said.


Three of Rwanda's soldiers sustained minor injuries, said the statement.

According to the RDF spokesperson, the attackers had intention to harm people in Yanze IDP Model Village which is protected by the attached RDF position and located just one kilometre from the border. 

The attacking force originated and retreated back in Burundi Defence Force position at Gihisi in Bukinanyana commune, Cibitoke Province.

"We reassure Rwandans that action will be taken against those responsible," Munyengango noted in a statement.

This is one of the series of attacks that the district has experienced, the last known attack being in 2018 in which two Rwandans died.

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