Congo bans Rwanda border crossings following soldier’s death

congo bans rwanda border crossings following soldier's death
congo bans rwanda border crossings following soldier’s death

Democratic Republic of Congo curtailed border crossing hours with Rwanda after a Congolese soldier was shot and killed while assaulting Rwandan border guards.

Since rebels Congo accuses Rwanda of aiding started a massive onslaught in eastern Congo last month, the Central African neighbours have been embroiled in a diplomatic crisis.

Rwanda refutes Congo’s claims that it supports the M23 rebels, whose leadership belongs to the same Tutsi ethnic group as Rwandan President Paul Kagame, and that it has sent soldiers in eastern Congo.

According to a statement from the office of South Kivu’s governor, the Congolese government has ordered that the Rwandan border be closed daily at 3 p.m. local time (1300 GMT), many hours earlier than usual, beginning Friday.

The border will remain open each morning at 6 a.m., according to the governor’s office.

The Rwandan military claimed in a statement that two Rwandan police officers were injured when the Congolese soldier crossed the border and started fire, before an officer on duty returned fire and killed him 25 metres inside Rwanda.

The government of Congo stated that it was investigating the occurrence.

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