Rwandan soldiers shoot dead Burundian national in Lake Rweru on common border

Pierre Nkurunziza and Paul Kagame

BUJUMBURA, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) — One Burundian national was Saturday morning shot dead and another one captured by Rwandan soldiers in Lake Rweru on the Burundi-Rwanda border, the governor of Kirundo has said.

“The incident happened at about 07:00 (05:00 GMT) in the morning in the waters of Lake Rweru in Busoni district when three persons were sailing in the lake. Rwandan soldiers opened fire against the boat, killing one of the three Burundians and capturing another,” said Kirundo Governor Melchior Nankwahomba.

According to him, the killed man was suspected to sell fraudulent objects in Rwanda, adding that the third man managed to escape.

Until Saturday afternoon, the corpse had not yet been retrieved from the lake and the captured man had not been released.

“Relations between Burundi and Rwanda are bad. Previous incidents have already taken place on the common border in the province of Cibitoke and Ngozi for instance,” said Nankwahomba.

In August, two Burundian nationals were killed by Rwandan soldiers near River Ruhwa making border between Burundi and Rwanda on the Rwandan territory.

According to the Burundian police, those victims from Cibitoke province were part of a team of nine Burundian citizens who had crossed to illicitly sell eggplants in Rwanda.