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    Gunfire Erupts Along DRC-Rwanda Border

    • Soldiers from the Democratic Republic of Congo arrive in tanks near the town of Kibumba at its border with Rwanda after fighting broke out, June 11, 2014.
    • Soldiers from the Democratic Republic of Congo check their weapons near the town of Kibumba at its border with Rwanda after fighting broke out, June 11, 2014.
    • Soldiers from the Democratic Republic of Congo rest near its border with Rwanda after fighting broke out, June 11, 2014.
    • Soldiers from the Democratic Republic of Congo arrive on a military truck near the town of Kibumba at its border with Rwanda after fighting broke out, June 11, 2014.
    Gunfire Along DRC, Rwanda Border
    VOA News
    Gunfire has erupted for a second day on the border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    Reports from the area say soldiers exchanged fire briefly Thursday morning in a town north of Goma, the capital of Congo's North Kivu province.
     
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    Each side has accused the other of provoking the clashes.  DRC officials say Rwandan forces crossed into North Kivu on Wednesday and kidnapped and killed a Congolese soldier.

    Rwanda says Congolese forces crossed the border and opened fire.

    Congo says two of its soldiers were killed in Wednesday's fighting, while Rwanda puts the number of Congolese dead at five.  

    The U.N. mission in Congo has called on all parties to reduce tension and avoid further violence.

    DRC information minister Lambert Mende told VOA's English to Africa service that Rwandan forces have been deliberately trying to undermine the DRC's efforts to improve security in volatile eastern provinces.

    “We are used to these games from our neighbors, whenever we are trying to solve this [security] problem," Mende said. " Now, we are trying to disarm this FDLR [the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda], you must see such games played from the other side of the border, just to jeopardize and stop the exercise and stop the exercise."

    On Twitter, Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo said for several months, her country had put up with "behavior from DRC unbecoming of leadership."
     

    The two countries have been at odds for years, with the DRC accusing Rwanda of backing Congolese rebel groups, including M23, which Congolese forces defeated last year.

    Rwanda denies those accusations and accuses Congo of harboring the FDLR militia, which includes fighters who took part in Rwanda's 1994 genocide.

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    by: bruno from: south africa
    June 13, 2014 2:43 PM
    paul kagame is a war monger.he did not take kindly to his creation, the m23 terrorists, being defeated in the drc...

    by: Tommy from: everywhere
    June 13, 2014 1:01 AM
    These 2 countries must stop these skirmishes they are effecting the stability of the whole region. The leaders of DRC an Rwanda should be working together to bring peace and stability to the region.

    by: Leko from: South Africa
    June 12, 2014 11:18 AM
    I've noticed Rwanda for a while now...I don't think they're as powerful and progressive as they think of themselves _they're more of a glasshouse !

    by: Jean Kapenda from: USA
    June 12, 2014 9:42 AM
    Once upon a time an animalistic specie of dictators ruled over Africa. I've given them several names in the past in forums like the Foreign Policy Magazine: "Little devils coated in human skin", "Little devils in human shape", "Africa's Hitlers", "Black Hitlers", "Africa's Great Lakes' Hitlers". Here is a new term I'm coining for this type of hyper-motivated offenders: "The Little Putins of East Africa".

    My message over the years has been very straightforward: dictators are and will always be a threat to the world security. Therefore, it is time to create a dictatorship-free zone in East and Central Africa. A bon entendeur, salut!
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    by: wabenga from: new york
    June 12, 2014 11:36 AM
    Mr Kapenda, I really agree with you on these names you called these dictators, for me calling them dictators isn't enough, they are killers, murderers, genociders.., but please don't compare them with His excellency Mr PUTIN. He's a man of kind, straight forward & most of all a man against new world order that is the reason behind wars in DRC. Please inform yourself & understand why Mr PUTIN should be called a hero to all of us who are suffering from neo-colonisation/globalisation which benefits elites countries & individuals & exacerbates povert. PUTIN shouldn't be put in the same leugue with kagome, museveni, kabila & kenyatta all whom slaughtered innocent people.

    by: NC from: Africa
    June 12, 2014 6:39 AM
    Although Mende told AFP (Reutre) and admitted that DRC soldiers accidently crossed into the Rwandan Border!? Confusing!
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    by: Highlandder from: Rwanda
    June 16, 2014 7:13 AM
    It is simple to take some innoncents, put on them FARDC camouflage and shoot them! So simple for Kagame!
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    by: Sabin from: KGL
    June 12, 2014 11:44 AM
    Mende's comments leaves a lot to be desired. bodies of congolese soldiers have been pictured at the side of Rwanda and it is evident that, they indeed occupied a part of Rwanda, and it is there that fighting took place which claimed 5 of the DRC soldiers, he is now lying to the media that the RDF abducted one of their soldiers which is virtually impossible.

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