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DR Congo says villagers captured Rwandan soldiers

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A military spokesperson in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) says two Rwandan soldiers were captured by villagers, just a day after Kigali claimed they were captured by pro-government rebels.

According to Gen Sylvain Ekenge, the Rwandan soldiers, Élysée Nkundabagenzi and Ntwari Gad, were captured by residents of Bwisha chiefdom, about 20km away from the border.

He claimed the two soldiers entered DRC last Wednesday to attack the Runangabo military camp before they were captured by residents.

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On Saturday, Rwanda said the two soldiers were being held captive in eastern DRC by the Rwandan Hutu FDLR militia, which it says gets support from Kinshasa.

DRC has ramped up its offensive against the M23 rebels in North Kivu province.

The rebels, who had been driven out of DRC in 2013, have regrouped and retaken strategic areas.

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Rwanda has deployed troops to its borders with DRC because of the clashes.

The head of the African Union, president Macky Sall of Senegal, has expressed “grave concern” at rising tensions between DRC and Rwanda.— BBC

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