Rwanda waves off FDLR rebel attack

A Rwandan army officer supervising the dismantling of a four-barrel anti-aircraft gun

Rwanda security forces on Saturday repulsed an attack by elements of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR).

During the night of 15-16 April 2016, suspected FDLR terrorists elements infiltrated Rwanda from the Democratic Republic of Congo and attacked a Police Station in Rubavu District, Bugeshi Sector, Kabumba Cell.

Lt Col René Ngendahimana, the Deputy ministry of Defence and Rwanda Defence Forces [RDF] Spokesperson said the attackers were repelled by National Defence and Security Forces to DRC.

“The situation on the ground is under full control.”

He said any development related to the incident will be communicated later.

The FDLR was formed after negotiations between the Army for the Liberation of Rwanda and the remnant Hutu military command agreed that the ALiR be dissolved.

FDLR has been involved in fighting from its formation on 30 September 2000 throughout the last phase of the Second Congo War and the fighting which has continued since then.

It is composed almost entirely of ethnic Hutus opposed to Tutsi rule and influence in the region.

According to the U.S. National Counterterrorism Center, the FDLR is believed to be responsible for about a dozen terrorist attacks committed in 2009.

These acts of terrorism have killed hundreds of civilians in Eastern Congo.

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