Rwanda : 5 Rwandan pacekeepers killed in CAR laid to rest

Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Five Rwandan peacekeepers who were killed by one of their comrade last week in a suspect "terrorist" act while under UN mission in Central African Republic  (MINUSCA), have been laid to rest at the Kanombe military cemetery, a suburb of Kigali city,  military sources revealed Saturday here

Hundreds of people, including relatives and senior commanders of Rwanda Defense Forces (RDF) attended the funeral, PANA reported from here.

The five men who were laid to rest are Sergeant Major Peter Ntwarabugabo, Sergeant Major Ferdinand Nduwayezu, Sergeant Ruseka Bernard, Sergeant Fidèle Bizimana and Sergeant Eric Gasigwa, the Rwandan defense and military spokesperson, Brig.-Gen. Joseph Nzabamwita, said.

He is said the killer who was one of their comrades who was also serving under MINUSCA is believed to have acted alone though the motivation for the terror attack is unknown.

Initial investigations showed that the attack was conducted by one Muslim Rwandan soldier who was likely linked to Islamic fundamentalism, especially with one photo found with him showing a masked gunmen armed with Kalashnikov rifle indicating his will to join the fighting alongside jihadist groups.

Meanwhile, analysts believe though the conflict in the Central African Republic is not about religion, but still religious and ethnic affiliations have been manipulated for political purposes.

The fighting has taken on increasingly sectarian overtones as mainly Christian militias, known as anti-Balaka (anti-machete), have taken up arms against Muslim civilians, forcing thousands of Muslims to flee the country, before the intervention of UN peacekeeping mission to stop the chaos.

Since January 2014, Rwanda has deployed an Infantry Battalion of 750 troops, 32 Staff Officers and Rwanda Formed Police Unit of 139 police and 26 Individual Police officers to reinforce MINUSCA.

Earlier this month, some other 51 Rwandan military medical personnel, including doctors and other specialists in various fields, have been deployed in Bria, a small town located 550km from Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), to serve under the MINUSCA.
-0- PANA TWA/VAO 15Aug2015

15 august 2015 15:22:55

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