Rwandan President Paul Kagame has revealed two soldiers were killed in last Sunday’s rebel attack.
“A group arrived from DRC and attacked our positions,” said Kagame at a news conference on Friday in Kigali.
“I think they killed two or three of our soldiers,” he added.
This was the first time Rwanda was admitting to losing forces in a rebel attack.
Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) Spokesperson Lt Col Innocent Munyengango had earlier said the attack was carried out by “people we suspect to be FDLR who attacked from Congo.”
Munyengango said the rebels attacked a military 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.
Speaking to the media after the end of the annual National Dialogue also known as Umushyikirano, Kagame observed: “A number of them (fighters) were killed and their bodies taken away by their friends in the DRC. We are seeking clarification and cooperation from the Congolese authorities.”
This is the second time in a few months that rebels are attacking Rwanda.
On July 1, an armed gang with rifles attacked Nyaruguru District in Nyabimata Sector, Ruhinga Cell in Cyamuzi Village.
Rwanda National Police said then the militants had attacked through Nyungwe forest from Burundi and fled back in the same direction.
At the time, the police further said, “This is a similar incident that occurred in the same district less than two weeks ago.”
FDLR’s leadership is partly blamed for executing the 1994 Rwandan genocide in which over one million people died.
Addressing the issue of security, Kagame said “FDLR is working with RNC (Rwanda National Congress) and some of our neighbors.”
Kagame did not mention the so-called neighbors.
However, Rwanda’s relations with Burundi and Uganda have in recent years worsened, sparking fears of a possible escalation of the conflict.
Rwanda accuses dissident General Kayumba Nyamwasa who lives in South Africa of leading an armed group with bases in South Kivu, DRC which is planning attacks.
“There are many other groups with different names,” said Kagame, warning, “We will take care of that, the names and everything else.”