Rwanda Gov’t Accuses DR Congo Army Of Bombing Its Territory

Rwanda Gov’t Accuses DR Congo Army Of Bombing Its Territory

By Ivan Mwine

The aggression raging on between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo  has escalated after the government in Kigali accusing their neighbours of shelling Rwandan territory.

Presidents Paul Kagame of Rwanda (R) and Felix Tshisekedi no longer see eye to eye

Rwanda made the accusations in a statement dated June 10th, 2022, issued by the Rwanda Defence Forces, which reads in part thus;


REF: RDF/MPR/A/10/03/22

Kigali, 10 June 2022

The DRC armed forces, FARDC, fired two 122mm rockets into Rwanda from the Bunagana area, striking along the Rwanda-DRC border in Nyabigoma Cell, Kinigi Sector, Musanze District on 10 June 2022 at 11:55am. There were no casualties but the local population is terrified.

This follows similar shelling by forces in DRC on 19 March and 23 May 2022 in Kinigi and Nyange Sectors of Musanze District and in Gahunga Sector of Burera District, which caused casualties and damaged property.

Statement from Rwanda Defence Forces about the attack

These incidents, including the kidnap by FARDC-FDLR of two RDF soldiers on border patrol, have been reported to the Government of DRC, the Expanded Joint Verification Mechanism of the ICGLR and other partners.

RDF assures the population that efforts to resolve this issue are underway and their safety is assured.”

However, by the time of filing this story the DR Congo government in Kinshasa had not yet issued a statement either admitting or denying the allegations.

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