Rwandan rebels confirm commander’s arrest in Congo

The spokesperson of the Rwandan rebel group based in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has confirmed that one of their commanders, Asifiwe Nshimiyimana, in Goma city, has been captured.

However, the rebel group denied Congolese army’s version of events.

The FDLR spokesperson who goes by the alias of Curre Ngoma, told the BBC Great Lakes that the Congolese military was “boasting of capturing him in an operation” but Nsimiyimana was arrested after a tip-off that he was already in the city for a medical check-up.

The spokesperson denied that those who arrested Nshimayimana were Congolese army adding that that he may have already been transferred to Kigali, Rwanda’s capital.

Ngoma said the rebel group was not moved by Nshimiyimana’s arrest vowing that their fight would go on.

Reports indicate that Rwandan military is being involved in the operation against the FDLR, but both governments deny.

Previously, Maj Ndjike Kaiko, Congolese spokesman said Nshimiyimana was captured on Monday night and that he was to be transferred to Rwanda.

Nshimiyimana is said to have been the second-in-command of an FDLR elite unit. Some members of the FDLR are accused of taking part in the Rwandan genocide of 1994, 25 years ago.

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