Rwandese Forces have confirmed reports that armed bandits have killed eight people and injured 18 during an overnight attack in northern Rwanda near the border with DR Congo.
The attack took place in Musanze district which attracts tourists because of its Volcanoes National Park and its mountain gorillas, they said.
Six people were killed with machetes or knives and the others were shot dead, a police statement said.
“Security forces were quick to provide emergency services to the residents of the area, and investigations are still ongoing to find these terrorists,” it added.
The area has repeatedly been targeted by Rwandan rebels operating from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The last attack by rebels in this region happened in December and resulted in the deaths of two Rwandan soldiers.