Rwanda: Rwandan peacekeeper kills comrades in Central African Republic

Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A Rwandan soldier serving under UN peacekeeping mission in Central Africa Republic (CAR) opened fire on his comrades early on Saturday, killing four of them and wounding eight others before turning the gun on himself, the Rwandan defence ministry has said in a statement issued in Kigali.

The Rwanda's Defence and Military spokesperson, Brigadier-General, Joseph Nzabamwita, said  there was an unfortunate incident where a Rwandan soldier serving in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) shot dead the four Rwandan Defence Forces (RDF) soldiers, injured eight others and then killed himself.

He said the incident occurred on Saturday at about 05:45 hours in the CAR capital, Bangui, at the Rwanda Battalion Headquarters (RWABATT 2) located at 5th Arrondissement SOCATEL M’POKO. The Casualties were immediately evacuated to a Hospital in Bangui.

Meanwhile, Brigadier-General Nzabamwita says investigations have immediately commenced to establish the motive behind "this deplorable shooting of his RDF colleagues".

"We suspect terrorism without ruling out mental illness to be the cause”, Brigadier-General Nzabamwita said, while sending heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased and the entire RDF.

Since January 2014, Rwanda has deployed 800 soldiers to reinforce MINUSCA.

In addition,  another special force comprising of 140 Rwandan police officers, who are part of Rwanda’s elite Police Unit (RWAFPU), have been deployed in Bangui to conduct patrols, ensure protection of VIPs, key installations and other escort duties.
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08 august 2015 15:03:18

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