December 7, 2021

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Suspected M23 rebel arrested in Kisoro

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A suspected M23 rebel has been arrested in Kisoro District in western Uganda.

The suspect who claimed to be a Burundian national was found with two SMG rifles upon his arrest on Wednesday.

Kisoro Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Peter Mugisha, told Daily Monitor the suspect and the recovery of the two guns but declined to give details of the suspect due to fears that it could jeopardize security investigations.

The operation was mounted by the police and army officers in Kisoro town around the bus terminal.

 Two SMG rifles with 30 rounds of ammunition each, were recovered from a suspected M23 rebel who was trying to enter into one of the Kampala-bound buses.

The suspect told the security team that he sneaked into Uganda through a porous border point around Basanza Sub County in Kisoro District, although he did not mention the motive of smuggling guns into Uganda.

The arrest comes one week after M23 rebels raided the Congolese government security bases in Rutshuru District forcing hundreds of Congolese nationals to flee into Uganda through Bunagana border post in Kisoro District.

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