At least four people have been injured in a “grenade attack” in Rwanda, authorities revealed on Sunday.
The incident occurred in Rusizi district in the Western Province near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), about 220 kilometers from the capital city, Kigali.
”On October 19, at around 7:30 pm, an unidentified person threw a grenade in the town of Kamembe sector, Rusizi district, injuring four people,” said Rwanda National Police spokesperson CP JB Kabera in a statement on Sunday.
He said the victims “ were taken to hospital,” adding, “Investigations have began.”
The attacks occurred at a time area residents were watching a televised European football match.
Rwanda has in recent months faced attacks by militants residing in DRC, the recent being a raid on Musanze – a tourist hub.
Rwandan Defence Forces later said they pursued and killed militants responsible for the Musanze in incidents.
Grenade attacks killed several people and left dozens injured in the Capital Kigali in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
The district lies at the southern end of Lake Kivu, where it empties into the Rusizi River (after which the district is named).
Rusizi’s capital, Cyangugu, is one of the three major Rwandan lake ports of Lake Kivu (along with Kibuye and Gisenyi) and it contiguous with the much larger Congolese city of Bukavu.
The district also contains the western half of Nyungwe Forest, a popular tourist destination, being one of the last remaining forest areas of Rwanda and home to chimpanzees and many other species of primate.
Rwanda recently reassured tourists that her security remained intact despite a few attacks on her territory.