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Shooting incident on Lake Rweru in Bugesera

Kigali, 9 May 2020

On Friday 8 May 2020, in Rweru sector of Bugesera district in the Eastern Province, a group of fishermen from Burundi illegally crossed into the Rwandan waters in Lake Rweru. While Rwanda Defence Force was ordering the fishermen to return back to their country, Burundian soldiers intervened from their side and started shooting at RDF; which retaliated.

Rwanda Defence Force suffered no casualties during the gunfire exchange and the attackers returned back to Burundi.

The borderline between Rwanda and Burundi is a known demarcation line in the middle of Lake Rweru that is easily identifiable using technology like the GPS.