Suspected militants shoot a bus in southwestern Rwanda, killing two people

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June 19 (Reuters) – Two people were killed and six injured when suspected militants opened fire on a bus in southwestern Rwanda from across the border with neighboring Burundi, Rwandan police said .

Saturday’s attack, which killed the bus driver and a passenger, was carried out by the National Liberation Front (FLN), the armed wing of the anti-government Movement for Democratic Change (MRCD), police said in a statement. a statement.

“Armed thugs, suspected to be remnants of the FLN operating across the border, fired on a public bus,” Rwanda National Police said on Saturday evening.

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Police were tracking the attackers during the incident on the Nyambage-Rusizi road in the district’s Nyungwe forest, they added.

The government said the FLN launched attacks from the Nyungwe forest area near the Burundi border in 2018.

In April, the Rwandan government upheld the 25-year prison sentence of Paul Rusesabagina, who was portrayed in the film “Hotel Rwanda” sheltering hundreds of people during the 1994 genocide, for his involvement with the MRCD.

He was convicted in September of eight counts of terrorism, which he denies.

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Reporting by Clément Uwiringiyimana; Written by Ayenat Mersie; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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