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DR Congo displaced persons camp attack and Rwanda’s denial

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The search for those behind Friday’s attack on a camp for displaced persons in the Democratic Republic of Congo continues as Rwanda denies any role.

Friday’s attack killed at least nine people, the U.S. State Department said in a statement.

It claimed that the attack was mounted from positions held by the Rwandan Defense Forces (RDF) and the Rwanda-backed M23 rebel group.

The M23 rebels have been on an offensive for two years now. They have moved closer to the eastern Congolese city of Goma in recent months, forcing thousands to seek refuge in the city from surrounding areas.

The U.S. said it was “gravely concerned about the recent RDF and M23 expansion” in eastern Congo.

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But Rwanda on Saturday denied U.S. accusations that its forces attacked the said camp. Rwanda has instead blamed militias it said were supported by the Congolese military for the assault.

Rwandan government spokesperson Yolande Makolo said in a statement that “The RDF, a professional army, would never attack an IDP (displaced persons).

Look to the lawless FDLR and Wazalendo supported by the FARDC (Congolese military) for this kind of atrocity.”

The Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) that Yolande referred to is a Hutu group founded by Hutu officials who fled Rwanda after orchestrating the 1994 genocide. Wazalendo is a Christian sect.

 

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Source: Africafeeds.com

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