Grenade Injures 4 in Rwanda, RDF Battles FLN Rebels Near Burundi Border

Weapons and military attire reportedly captured last week from RDF by FLN rebels after a clash in Nyaruguru near border with Burundi.

A hand grenade was Saturday blown off at Kamembe town in Rusizi district of Rwanda injuring four people, Police says.

In a statement by Rwanda National Police spokesperson, CP John Bosco Kabera, the incident happened at around 7:30pm.

“On 19th October at around 7:30 in the evening, a non identified person threw a hand grenade in the town of Kamembe of Rusizi district and injured four people who were hurriedly taken to hospital,” Kabera stated in a statement on Sunday.

He said security operatives have since started investigations into the matter to trace the perpetrators.

On Sunday morning, Rwanda’s Local Government minister, Anastase Shyaka, held an emergency meeting with Kamembe sector residents over the same.

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Rusizi district is located in the Western Province of Rwanda. It borders with the Republic of Burundi in the south, and the Democratic Republic of Congo in the west.

Other reports indicate that Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) have since last week been battling rebels of the Front Pour La Liberation National (FLN) in Nyugwe Forest, at a place called Nyaruguru, South of Rwanda near the border with Burundi.

FLN last week claimed they had captured a number of RDF soldiers, their weapons and attire during the battle. They released photos of the said weapons. Efforts to reach RDF over the reports were futile.

It is not yet clear whether the detonation of grenades in Rwanda is linked to FLN rebels whose mission, the rebel group says, is to “put an end to the dictatorial power of the RPF and President Kagame.”

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