Armed assailants shoot down five cows in Rubavu

On 28 August 2021 at 09:02

Armed assailants suspected to be combatants of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) have shot five cows in Rubavu district belonging to a resident identified as Jean de Dieu Twagirayezu.

The incident took place in Bereshi village, Hehu cell of Bugeshi sector last night around 10p.m.

Fabien Mutuyimana, one of the area residents has said that assailants got suspicious of possible counter attack by Rwandan soldiers and withdrew to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after shooting cows.

“The incident took around 10p.m where we heard gunshots. As we woke up in the morning, we learnt that assailants might have attacked from DRC where they returned after getting suspicious of counter attack by Rwandan soldiers. They shot down five cows leaving of dead,” he said.

It is said that assailants left ammunition and a grenade while no resident was injured during the attack.

Following the incident, local leaders and security officials have convened a meeting to comfort residents today morning.

Colonel Andrew Nyamvumba, the head of operations in the 3rd Division of Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) has reassured residents that Rwandan forces are standby to protect the nation.

“The enemy feared soldiers and raided resident’s cows. I am convinced that you are aware of your soldiers’ capabilities. We know where the enemy is located. He wanted to gain attention for his existence. I would like to reassure that the enemy won’t threaten again. We are dedicated to protect you and have capabilities to do so,” he said.

Deogratias Nzabonimpa, Rubavu district vice mayor for economic affairs promised support to affected resident.

He appealed on residents to report susceptible security threats and assured that the district will work closely with DRC officials to bring suspects to book .

Following the meeting, the affected resident got a promise of three cows.

They will be donated by Rubavu district, Bugeshi residents and Busasamana sector officials.

FDLR combatants last attacked Rubavu district on 10th December 2018. At the time, Rwandan soldiers repulsed the attack and killed seven of them.