DR Congo says Rwanda soldiers captured by villagers

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

The Rwandan soldiers – Elysee Nkundabagenzi and Ntwari Gad – were captured by resident of Bwisha chiefdom, about 20km away from the border, according to Gen Sylvain Ekenge.

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

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

DR Congo has ramped up its offensive against the M23 rebels in North Kivu province. The rebels, who had been driven out of DR Congo in 2013, have regrouped and retaken strategic areas.

Rwanda has deployed troops to its border with DR Congo because of the clashes.

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