Unknown armed men have stormed a base of Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) near the border with Burundi, injuring several soldiers.
The attack, which occurred on Saturday, has sent shockwaves in Rwanda’s security services considering such incidents had subsided in recent months.
RDF said in a statement on Saturday morning that unidentified gunmen at about 0020 hours, attacked their “defensive position” at Ruheru sector in Nyaruguru District in Southern Rwanda.
Army Spokesperson, Lt Col Innocent Munyengango said the RDF engaged the attackers who withdrew back to Burundi.
“The gunmen attacked from Burundi and they fled back in the same direction leaving behind four of their dead and various military equipment that include weapons and communication radios,” said Munyengango.
“Three of our soldiers sustained minor injuries. We reassure Rwandans that action will be taken against those responsible,” he added.
Burundi is yet to comment on this development.
The two countries are thought to be involved in covert military operations against each other.
Kigali has for the last few years been accusing Burundi of helping Rwandan dissidents living in DRC to attack Rwanda.
On the other hand, Gitega blames Kigali for training Burundi rebels and commanding rebels to undermine Burundi’s security.
Both countries deny the counter accusations.
ChimpReports understands the new development could lead to an escalation of tensions between the two countries especially if Rwanda decides to retaliate.
And anticipating a possible attack by Rwanda’s commando teams, Burundi could beef up security along its border with Rwanda.
The incident occurred hardly a day after the burial of departed Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza.
Munyengango said the attackers’ intention was to harm people inside Yanze IDP Model Village which is protected by the attached RDF position and located just one kilometre from the border.
“Additionally, the attacking force originated and retreated back to Burundi through Burundi Defence Force position at Gihisi in Bukinanyana commune, Cibitoke Province,” said Munyengango.
Rwanda’s Airforce recently ordered for two Textron C-208 EX utility aircraft to be able to quickly deliver special military units to respond to emergencies.