Rwandan President Paul Kagame today Tuesday attended the final phase of the annual Combined Arms Field Training Exercise at Gabiro Combat Training Centre, Chimp Corps report.
Wearing a full military uniform complete with a cap, Kagame was welcomed at the military facility by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Patrick Nyamvumba.
The specialized training exercise comes days after an attack on Rwandan territory by suspected elements of FDLR, a militia whose leadership planned and executed the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.
At least four FDLR militants were gunned down on Sunday.
Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) Spokesperson Lt Col Innocent Munyengango said the attack was carried out by “people we suspect to be FDLR who attacked from Congo.”
“They attacked our post in Cyamabuye. Fortunately they found our forces ready and were repulsed. They lost four of their members in the process, and a Kalashnikov rifle,” he added.
The FDLR usually carry out attacks on Rwandan territory and today’s military exercise does not appear to be in any way connected to the incident.
A similar exercise was last held in November, 2017, demonstrating how different capabilities are integrated and synchronized during a military operation at the level of an Infantry Division.
Combined arms is an approach to warfare which seeks to integrate different combat arms of a military to achieve mutually complementary effects – for example, using infantry and armor in an urban environment, where one supports the other, or both support each other.
Most countries in the region have practiced specialized combined arms exercises to test their forces’ ability to complement each other in a military operation.
After the demonstration, President Kagame usually meets army officers, representatives of other security organs as well as the troops taking part in the training.
Rwanda borders DRC which harbours several armed militia groups.