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DRC Closes It’s Border With Rwanda Following The Assassination Of It’s Soldier

DRC Closes It’s Border With Rwanda Following Assassination Of It’s Soldier

In recent developments, the Democratic Republic of Congo has closed its border with Rwanda. This follows an incident that saw a DRC soldier shot dead while in the country’s territory.

The closure of the border is the most recent escalation in the diplomatic crisis between the two countries.

DRC has accused Rwanda of siding with the M23 rebels who launched a major offensive in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo last month.

However though, Rwanda strongly denied the accusations of ties with the M23 rebels. The M23 leadership has the same origin as Rwanda’s president Paul Kagame.

A statement from the office of South Kivu’s Governor revealed that DRC’s government ordered the closure of the border with Rwanda as of today 3pm local time (13:00 GMT).

During the incident, two Rwandan police officers were injured when the Congolese soldier opened fire in the foreign territory. An officer retaliated by firing back and killing the soldier 25 meters into Rwanda.

DRC’s government said it is investigating the matter to determine whether the killing happened in Rwanda or in Congo and then he got dragged into Rwanda.

The Joint Verification Mechanism created to monitor the East African border clashes is yet to issue a report over the incident.

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