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Updates on the RDF deplorable shooting incident that kills five RDF Peacekeepers in Central African Republic

Kigali, 8 August 2015

Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) wishes to give updates on the unfortunate incident where one of its soldiers serving in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) shot dead four RDF soldiers and injured eight others.

The incident occurred on 08 August 2015 at around 05:45 hours in Bangui, at Rwanda Battalion Headquarters (RWABATT 2) located at 5th Arrondissement SOCATEL M’POKO. The Casualties were immediately evacuated to Level two Hospital in Bangui. Four of the injured soldiers that needed to be operated on have undergone successful operations, and all the eight are not in critical condition.

"The RDF engaged the assailant soldier, killing him and saving the lives of other RDF peacekeepers. Investigations so far point toward terrorism to be the motive behind this deplorable act, as evidence so far reveals", Brigadier General Joseph Nzabamwita said. 

More details will be communicated as investigations continue.

                                             

                                              J Nzabamwita

                                              Brig Gen

                                              Defence and Military Spokesman