Four Rwandan soldiers working as peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) have been shot dead and eight others wounded by a colleague who then shot himself.
The soldiers were Rwandan Defence Force (RDF) troops partaking in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission.
The incident occurred on August 8 at 5:45 am, local time, in the capital Bangui, at the Rwanda Battalion Headquarters.
“Investigations have immediately commenced to establish the motive behind this deplorable shooting,” said Brigadier General Joseph Nzabamwita RDF and MOD spokesperson. “We suspect terrorism, without ruling out mental illness as the cause.”
A statement released by the Rwandan Ministry of Defence said that four the injured soldiers had undergone successful operation and all eight injured were not in critical condition.
“The RDF engaged the assailant soldier, killing him and saving the lives of other RDF peacekeepers. Investigations so far point toward terrorism to be the motive behind this deplorable act, as evidence so far reveals,” siad Nzabamwita.
Reuters reported that Rwanda has about 800 peacekeepers deployed in the CAR.