At about 0020hrs, on the 27 June, about 100 unidentified people holding machine guns, rockets, among other weapons, attacked people of Yanze IDP Model Village located 1 km away from Burundi border.
RDF statement reads: “The gunmen attacked from Burundi and they fled back in the same direction.
When running back, this group left four assailants killed, 3 captured and military equipment and dry rations marked “FORCE DE DEFENSE NATIONALE DU BURUNDI” were seized
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Rwanda wrote to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Burundi requesting for an explanation regarding the attack by unidentified attackers from Burundi and urged the Government of Burundi to take all necessary measures so that those guilty of that criminal act, who withdrew to Burundi, be quickly arrested and brought to justice or extradited to Rwanda so they can answer for their actions.”
The letter was sent the same day of the attacks but the Burundian government is yet to respond.
Rwanda’s Military Spokesperson, Lt Col Innocent Munyengango said “We assure Rwandans that the perpetrators will be prosecuted and identified. We are seeking, through diplomatic channels, reliable information on these attacks that are constantly coming back.”
On their side, the Burundian army, National Defense Force of Burundi (FDNB) has denied any involvement in the attack, but they neither denied nor confirm the allegations in a statement issued Friday.
“Burundian soil cannot be a sanctuary for armed groups that attempt to disturb the peace of our neighbors,” said Burundi’s army spokesman Floribert Biyereke