Rwanda Assures Tourists of Safety After Rebel Attack Near Volcanoes Park

Musanze sits at the foothills of Volcanoes National Park.

At least 14 people were killed and 18 others wounded in an attack by rebels in Rwanda’s northern district of Musanze on Friday.

It is reported that the attack was carried out by ethnic Hutu rebels. The rebels are said to have been armed with knives, machetes and stones.

They targeted the town which is near the Volcanoes National Park, a habitat for mountain gorillas which are Rwanda’s biggest tourism attraction.

However, Rwanda Police says the situation under control.

“The security forces were able to follow these terrorists, to kill 19 of them and arrest five,” the police said in a statement.

Rwanda Development Board (RDB), the agency charged with promoting Rwanda’s tourism issued a statement saying all visitors to the area were safe.

“Rwanda Development Board informs the general public that tourism services continue to operate normally in Volcanoes National Park and all other national parks and attractions in Rwanda following security incidents where unidentified gunmen attacked local communities in Kinigi Sector, Northern Province,” RDB said.

RDB says security organs have contained the situation and order is restored.

“All visitors to Volcanoes National Park were and continue to be safe”.

“Safety and security are the hallmark of the Rwandan tourism experience, and will continue to be our highest priority”.

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