RDF requests probe as armed Congolese soldier injures police officers after storming Rwandan territory

By Théophile Niyitegeka
On 17 June 2022 at 11:25

Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) has requested the Expanded Joint Verification Mechanism (EJVM) to launch investigation following a cross-border incident where armed Congolese soldier stormed Rwandan territory and shot at Rwandan police officers at the small border in Rubavu District known as ’Petite Barrière’.

The EJVM is a mechanism of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) composed of military officers from the 12 member countries that is charged with monitoring and verification of border violations between DRC and neighbouring countries.

RDF has through a statement released today indicated that the attacker who also opened fire on civilians crossing the border was shot back in self-defence.

"This morning at around 0845 am, an unidentified Congolese soldier armed with an AK 47 rifle crossed the “Petite Barrière” border in Rubavu District and began shooting at Rwandan security personnel and civilians crossing the border, injuring two Rwandan police officers. A Rwanda National Police officer on duty shot back in self defence, to protect civilians crossing the border and border agents," reads part of the statement.

RDF has also disclosed that the Congolese soldier was shot dead 25 metres inside Rwandan territory and requested probe into the circumstances.

"The RDF has invited the Expanded Joint Verification Mechanism (EJVM) to investigate the incident. Rwanda has informed DRC authorities, and DRC-Rwanda border officials are visiting the scene," adds the statement.

Following the incident, the general public has been assured that the situation is calm at the border.

IGIHE has learnt that the killed soldier stormed Rwandan territory tutting that he wants to revenge for colleagues who lost lives during FARDC fighting with M23.

The attack follows recent incident at the border between Rwanda and DRC in Goma where Congolese took to street in large numbers for protests against Rwanda accusing it of supporting M23 rebel group in clashes with Congolese Army.

Rioters mounted demonstrations at Petite Barrière on Tuesday this week where they threw stones on Rwandan territory.

They also attempted to storm Rwanda but Rwanda National Police foiled them.

DRC continues to accuse Rwanda of being behind the resurgence of M23 claiming that the neighbouring country helped the rebel group to seize Bunagana town.

Rwanda has repeatedly refuted these allegations and urged DRC to solve its internal problems without dragging it into the war.

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EJVM went to the scene to assess the situation.
FARDC soldier visiting Rwandan policemen injured by Congolese soldier.
An investigation was launched following the incident.
EJVM visiting RDB base which was attacked by FARDC in 2018 in Shingiro Sector, Musanze District.