Cross-border shelling kills Rwandan woman

2013-08-29 15:24
M23 rebels in the Masisi and Sake areas of eastern Congo. (Jerome Delay, AP/File)

M23 rebels in the Masisi and Sake areas of eastern Congo. (Jerome Delay, AP/File)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Kigali -A Rwandan woman was killed and her baby was injured Thursday in what an official alleged was "deliberate" cross-border shelling from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

A shell hit a market in the Gisenyi-Rubavu area of Rwanda, situated adjacent to Goma where DRC and the United Nations troops are battling the M23 rebel faction.

"A shell landed in town and killed a woman and seriously wounded her child," the deputy mayor of Rubavu, Ezechiel Nsengiyumva Buntu, told AFP.

"We can hear the shelling on the other side" of the border, he said. "We have alerted people but we have no idea where they will fire."

He said the attack was "deliberate" and not just stray shelling.

Fighting around Goma has resumed over the past week, and on Wednesday one UN soldier from Tanzania was killed in clashes against the rebels.

DRC and the United Nations accuse Rwanda of backing the M23 rebels, made up of fighters from a Tutsi rebel group who were integrated into the regular army under a 2009 peace deal but mutinied in April last year.

The rebels have emerged as one of the most formidable forces operating in the DRC's mineral-rich eastern Kivu region.

Rwanda denies the charge.

Read more on:    un  |  m23  |  drc  |  rwanda  |  central africa  |  east africa

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


WATCH: Man films himself going down water slide upside down as things go very wrong…

What is at first an exciting tummy-turning adventure stunt, quickly turns into a scarily bad idea caught on camera. Take a look:


You won't want to miss...

WATCH: Conor McGregor: Notorious the trailer
Best date night restaurants in South Africa
WATCH: Ryan Reynolds offers fans a free tattoo in new Deadpool 2 teaser
Should you date your co-worker?
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.