Congo autopsies reveal 'executions' in Rwanda clash

Earlier this month the bodies were handed over following border clashes between the two countries armies.

Congo autopsies reveal 'executions' in Rwanda clash

World Bulletin / News Desk

Autopsies on five bodies returned by Rwanda to the Democratic Republic of Congo show they were probably executed, a military source has told the BBC.

Earlier this month the bodies were handed over following border clashes between the two countries armies.

DR Congo says they began when a corporal was kidnapped by Rwandan soldiers who crossed the border.

Rwanda says after they attacked Rwandan soldiers on its territory the men were killed in combat.

Since the 1994 Rwandan genocide the neighbours have had a fractious relationship, when those accused of involvement in the killings of an estimated 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus set up a militia in eastern DR Congo.

It was said by the BBC's Maud Jullien in DR Congo's capital, Kinshasa, that the autopsy report concluded after the clashes the five men who were returned to DR Congo had wounds to the head - two inflicted by a sharp object, three by bullets.

It also found that all of the men had been shot several times in other parts of the body, including the thorax and the abdomen, and at close range. One of the men had been shot eight times in the back.

Earlier, DR Congo's Information Minister Lambert Mende said that a Congolese soldier was among the five men executed.

Rwanda's government said the five were Congolese soldiers and they did not know the exact circumstances of their death but it was said that they had engaged in a fire fight with Rwandan troops in Rwanda's Busasamana district.

The experts' report, seen by the BBC, says that at the two sites where Rwanda said the Congolese men were killed in combat, no traces of empty cartridges were found.

The UN has accused Rwanda of playing a part in the unrest in eastern DR Congo over the years.

More than 100 fighters of the FDLR rebel group formed by Hutu militiamen accused of involvement in the 1994 genocide, surrendered to the UN for repatriation to Rwanda. 

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