Rwandan Soldiers Captured by Villagers Claims DR Congo

The Rwanda Defense Force (RDF in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) confirmed the abduction of two Rwandan troops barely a day after Kigali claimed they were captured by pro-government rebels.

Gen. Sylvain Ekenge, a military spokeswoman, named the Rwandan soldiers as Corporal Élysée Nkundabagenzi and soldier Ntwari Gad, who were arrested by people of Bwisha chiefdom, around 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the border.

Ekenge alleged the two troops crossed into the DRC on Wednesday to attack the Runangabo military base before being apprehended by locals.

Rwanda announced on Saturday that the two troops were being taken captive in eastern DR Congo by the Rwandan Hutu FDLR militia, which it claims has Kinshasa’s help.

In North Kivu province, the DRC has intensified its offensive against the M23 rebels.

Rebels who were forced out of the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2013 have regrouped and retaken critical territory.

Because of the fighting, Rwanda has sent troops to its border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.

President Macky Sall of Senegal, the African Union’s chief, has expressed “grave concern” over escalating tensions between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda.

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