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One killed in shooting by Rwandan security agents at border with Uganda

Rwanda security agents investigating suspected smuggling across the border with neighboring Uganda have fatally shot a person and wounded several others while attempting to use porous entry points, a Police source confirmed Sunday.The Spokesperson of  Rwanda National Police, John Bosco Kabera explained that the victim had  smuggled dozens of boxes of one of the most popular Uganda- brewed hard  liquor called waragi,to Rwanda.

“The victim who is a Rwanda  national was shot dead during a night patrol at around 11:00 PM local  time at a village in Burera district in Rwanda by Rwandan security  forces on allegations that he was  smuggling liquor into Rwanda,” said  Commissioner Kabera.

The political tension between the two  countries climaxed in February last year when Rwanda closed its border  and blocked all goods from Uganda.

In November last year, two  other women suspected to be smugglers carrying  several litres of strong  alcohol brewed from bananas known as ‘Kanyanga’ were shot dead by the  Rwandan army on patrol in the northern district of Nyagatare.

Similarly,  two people were killed in May last year during a shooting incident  while attempting to cross the border from Uganda at an unapproved point.

Kigali  has accused Kampala of supporting Rwandan rebel groups including the  Rwanda National  Congress (RNC) and the Democratic Forces for the  Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR).

Kampala has always denied these allegations.

Published on 28.04.2020

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