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RWANDA: Govt forces flee as FNL rebel fighters capture Nyamasheke

Rwandan opposition rebel fighters National Liberation Front (FLN) have outrun government forces and taken the northern district of Nyamasheke (AGENCIES PHOTO)

NYAMASHEKE, Rwanda –  Rwandan opposition rebel fighters National Liberation Front (FLN) have revealed they have dislodged government forces in the Northern district of Nyamasheke District, Rwanda’s Command1Post reports

“From Friday, the 15th of March 2019, our forces are in full control of the Northern regions of Nyungwe forest specifically around areas bordering Nyamagabe and Nyaruguru sectors,” says Maj. Callixte N. Sankara the FLN Spokesperson.

Maj Sankara adds that on Saturday, the 16th of March 2019 at night, “we have overpowered the RDF marines’ forces in Lake Kivu and managed to progress”

“On Sunday, the 17th of March 2019, our forces have once again successfully carried out a military operation in the southwest region of Nyungwe forest in which they defeated members of Rwandan Defence Forces (RDF) in Karambi and entry to Nyungwe Forest military bases in Nyamasheke District.

“Up to now, we are effectively controlling the Southwest and northern borders of Nyungwe forest and we advise all citizens residing in and along those sectors to remain calm and avoid night movements especially in the militarized zones”.

The rebel spokesperson called upon Rwandans to continue their support in the struggle against what he called “tyranny and dictatorship” of General Paul Kagame and his RPF regime.

Efforts to reach Rwandan defence officials for a comment were futile by press time.

This comes barely a month since Rwanda deployed the army along its common border with Uganda as a diplomatic rift between the two East African neighbours continues to turn sour. Rwandan soldiers could be seen along the hills at Mukaniga, Byumba and Buganza, patrolling the Rwandan side of the border.

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