The Minister of Internal Security, Sheikh Mussa Fazil Harerimana yesterday visited Rubavu Muslims and asked them to keep away from extremism urging parents to report their children with bad intentions of joining terrorism.
“You should react before others in preserving our nation’s security. Creating insecurity is like mixing milk and blood,” he said.
The minister told parents to be responsible in controlling their children’s conduct and resist other Muslims standing for extremism.
The chair of Muslim leaders (sheiks) in Rwanda, NzanahayoK assim said that terrorism has been taught in Rubavu district since acts of radicalism started in 2000 at Islamic Institute brought in by a teacher from Somalia. Police have placed Rubavu among districts having people involved in extremism. As a way of fighting terrorism, Muslim community has recently banned Niqab clothing that covers the face.
The call for joint efforts to fight extremism follows recent incidence where three people were shot dead in Rusizi district as they tried to escape when pursued for engagement in terrorism acts.
Initial findings indicated that they were in a radicalization campaign aimed at recruiting jihadists, imparting radicalism using materials including audio CDs and text books.