Rwandan and Congolese troops clash at border; one kidnapped soldier killed

Rwandan and Congolese soldiers clashed early Wednesday after a reported incursion by Rwandan soldiers into North Kivu. Clashes continued in the afternoon after news that a captured Congolese army corporal had been killed.
By JC Finley Follow @JC_Finley Contact the Author   |   June 11, 2014 at 2:42 PM

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, June 11 (UPI) -- Rwandan military forces clashed Wednesday with troops from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with one kidnapped soldier reported dead.

According to Congolese Information Minister Lambert Mende, the fighting began at 4:30 a.m. local time, when Rwandan soldiers crossed over the border in Buhumba in North Kivu and launched an attack that lasted nearly two hours. Before retreating, the Rwandan soldiers kidnapped a Congolese army corporal.

By afternoon, the Congolese soldiers learned their colleague had been killed. The clashes then resumed.

"There is now fighting. There are also talks -- we need really to know what is happening with them," Mende told the BBC.

There was no comment from Rwandan authorities regarding the outbreak of violence.

The neighboring African countries have had a tense relationship since the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

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