Claims of Rwanda army attacks on DR Congo debunked
The circulating statement attributed to the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) about launch of attacks on Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is FAKE.
It claims the Rwandan army launched assault in the city of Bunagana Monday following recent attacks by the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) supported by the Congolese army (FRDC).
RDF dismissed the statement as fake.
The fake statement written in French, a language RDF rarely uses in its official communication, claims the attack was launched to “defend the integrity of our territory and to protect our populations.”
It further makes false claims that Rwanda borders will be closed until further notice.
The wave of disinformation comes amid frosty relations between the two countries over the past weeks following attacks by rebel movement M23 in eastern parts of DRC.
Kinshasa accuses Rwanda of backing the rebels, the allegations Kigali strongly denied.
Reports indicate that the rebels seized trading hub on DRC border with Uganda Monday, forcing the Congolese army to retreat into Uganda.
Rwanda accused the DRC army of shelling on its territory on June 10. The country reported similar incidents over the past weeks, including the kidnap of two RDF soldiers on patrol who were later released.