Eight killed, 18 wounded in Rwanda attack

KIGALI Gunmen killed eight people and injured 18

in an overnight attack in northern Rwanda near the Volcanoes National Park,

famous for its mountain gorilla sanctuary, police said Saturday.

Tourism officials insisted that all visitors to the park were safe after

the attack in Musanze district, near the border with the Democratic Republic

of Congo.

A spokesman described the attackers as a group of terrorists carrying

mainly crude weapons.

He added: The terrorists killed eight people, six by use of crude weapons

and two by shooting.

The 18 people were taken to hospital, he added.

The security forces were trying to track down the attackers, a police

statement added.

The Rwandan Development Board issued a statement to allay fears about

tourists at the nearby park.

Security organs have contained the situation and order is restored. All

visitors to Volcanoes National Park were and continue to be safe, it said.

The area has repeatedly been targeted by Rwandan rebels operating from the

Democratic Republic of Congo.

One such group is the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda,

created by Rwandan Hutu refugees in eastern DRC after the 1994 genocide of

Tutsis by majority Hutus in Rwanda.

The last attack by rebels in this region happened in December and resulted

in the deaths of two Rwandan soldiers.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)