The incident happened yesterday in the wee hours around 3 am.
The statement released by Rwanda National Police reads that police officers on patrol saw people crossing to Rwanda’s land but the latter confronted the police asking them to stop.
“Today, November 10, 2019, at around 3 am in Tabagwe sector, Nyagatare district, Police officer son patrol intercepted a group of suspected smugglers who crossed inside Rwanda territory at an ungazetted border point with Uganda,” reads the statement in part.
“The smugglers became violent and assaulted police officers who reacted in self-defense shooting dead two while the rest escaped. The deceased were identified as Job Ebindishanga, 32, and Bosco Tuheirwe, 35, both Ugandans,” adds the statement.
Police further stated that an investigation into the incident is underway.
“Rwanda National Police condemns violent behavior by smugglers and urges the public especially those residing along the common border to focus on legal commercial activities using official border points,” reads the statement signed by RNP spokesperson, CP JB Kabera.
In May 2019, more smugglers including a Rwandan and Ugandan were shot dead in the same area as they got physical with security officers.