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Rwanda says Congo rebel chief death good for security

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Amb. Olivier Nduhungirehe

By AFP

Kigali
on Wednesday welcomed the killing of a Rwandan Hutu rebel leader in the
Democratic Republic of Congo, and said it proved neighbouring President Felix
Tshisekedi’s commitment to fighting “negative forces”.

Sylvestre
Mudacumura, commander of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda
(FDLR), who was wanted by the International Criminal Court on war crime
charges, was shot dead Tuesday night.

“The
death of Sylvestre Mudacumura is good news for peace and security in the
region,” state minister for regional affairs Olivier Nduhungirehe told
AFP.

“With
his genocide group, the FDLR, he was destabilising DRC, killing Congolese and
Rwandans.”

The
FDLR was created by Rwandan Hutu refugees in eastern DRC after the genocide
against the Tutsis by majority Hutus in neighbouring Rwanda in 1994.

The
group is regularly accused of committing atrocities against civilians in the
zones it controls.

“His
death confirms the commitment of President Felix Tshisekedi in fighting
negative forces and will open a new era of good and peaceful cooperation
between DRC and countries in the region,” said Nduhungirehe.

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