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11 Dec 2018 | 09:22 PM UTC

Rwanda: Suspected rebel attack repelled in Rubavu December 9

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Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) soldiers repel suspected rebel attack in Rubavu district on December 9; at least four attackers killed

TIMEFRAME expected from 12/9/2018, 12:00 AM until 12/16/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Kigali). COUNTRY/REGION Rubavu district

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A group of suspected Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) members reportedly attacked a village in Rubavu district on the night (local time) of Sunday, December 9. According to Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) officials, the rebels crossed the border from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and assaulted the village of Cyamabuye. The RDF said its soldiers successfully repelled the attackers, killing at least four of the rebels without suffering any military casualties. However, one civilian was also wounded in the fighting.


Cross-border attacks by rebel groups have been rare in recent years. According to media reports, the last suspected FDLR attack occurred in 2016, resulting the deaths of several civilians.


Individuals along the DRC border, particularly in Rubavu district, are advised to monitor the situation and remain vigilant.


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