Burundi national army has denied accusations of rebels attacking Rwanda which the latter claimed over the weekend.
“Burundi denies information according to which there are on Burundian soil elements hostile to Rwanda,” said Floribert Biyereke, Burundi Army spokesperson, on Tuesday.
“It also denies the accusations of a movement of assailants from the Burundi to the Rwanda on the night of 5/23/2021 around 9:00 p.m.”
Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) on Monday said it killed two rebels on Sunday night in Rwanda’s Western Province in a foiled attack by the Rwandan rebel group, the National Liberation Front (FLN).
“The attack happened between 9:15 p.m. and 9:35 p.m. local time when FLN assailants from Mabayi commune in northwest Burundi crossed Ruhwa river along Rwanda borderline and entered approximately 100 meters inside the Rwandan territory in Rwamisave village, Rusizi district, southwest Rwanda,” it said in a statement.
RDF said the assailants were intercepted by RDF ambush and two of them were immediately killed, adding that it also captured several military equipment such as a submachine gun, seven magazines, a tortoise grenade, a radio antenna and two army uniforms belonging to Burundi National Defence Force.
The rebels retreated back to Burundi across Ruhwa river and returned to the Kibira forest in Burundi where they have bases, according to the Rwandan military.