Rwandan Rebel Leader, Mudacumura Killed in DR Congo

Sylvestre Mudacumura (circled)

Goma – Sylvestre Mudacumura, the overall commander of the military wing of the rebel Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), some of whose members are blamed for the Rwanda genocide has been killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), the army said on Wednesday.

Mudacumura, who was also wanted by the International Criminal Court, on nine counts of war crimes, was killed on Tuesday night in Rutshuru territory, eastern DR Congo, army spokesperson in the region, Richard Kasonga told this News Website.

“He was killed at dawn of Wednesday when his camp was attacked by the Congolese soldiers based in the region,” Kasonga said.

Mudacumura was the deputy commander of the Presidential Guard of the Rwandan Armed Forces during the 1994 genocide.
Mudacumura was wanted for attacks on civilians, murder, mutilation, cruel treatment, rape, torture, destruction of property and pillage in DR Congo’s North Kivu and South Kivu provinces, Human Rights Watch said.

The Rwandan authorities have accused Mudacumura of Training militants to destabilize the government in Kigali.

Human Rights Watch said it documented killings of over 700 civilians by FDLR fighters between 2009 and 2010 alone. Most victims were women, children, and the elderly whom the rebels hacked to death with machetes or hoes or burned to death in their homes.

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