RDF statement released today shows that the incident took place last night in Rwamisave village, Nyamuzi cell, Bweyeye sector in Rusizi district.
“Last night on Sunday 23 May 2021 between 21:15hrs and 21:35hrs, about one section of FLN enemy assailants from Giturashyamba in Mabayi commune in Burundi, crossed river Ruhwa along our borderline and entered approximately 100 metres inside Rwanda territory in Bweyeye, Nyamuzi cell, Rwamisave village,” reads the statement in part.
“The enemy assailants were intercepted by a Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) ambush; two (2) assailants were immediately killed, and equipment captured including one (1) submachine gun, seven (7) magazines, one (1) tortoise grenade, one (1) antennae of a Motorola radio and two (2) Burundi National Defence Force army uniforms,” adds the statement.
RDF explained that assailants have been repelled back to Burundi across River Ruhwa separating Ruhororo zone in Mabayi commune in Burundi and Bweyeye sector in Rwanda and returned to Kibira Forest where they have bases.
IGIHE has learnt that gunfire assailants returned to pick killed colleagues around 1pm and repelled back again.
Bweyeye is among 18 sectors of Rusizi district bordering with Burundi.
In June 2020, more assailants from Burundi attacked RDF defensive base in Ruheru sector, Nyaruguru district.
At the time, RDF foiled the attack which targeted a displaced persons camp about one kilometre into Rwandan territory. Four of the attackers were killed.