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Rwanda kills 19 attackers after deadly attack on national park

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) — Security forces killed 19 people who were part of a group that launched a bloody attack at a tourist center in the north of the country on Friday, a police spokesman said.

The group, mostly armed with conventional weapons such as knives, attacked the Kenji sector in the Musanze district, where a national park offered tourists the chance to see endangered mountain gorillas.

A police spokesman said in a statement on Sunday that security forces chased the attackers and killed 19 of them, adding that the death toll from the attack on the park had risen to 14.

“During the hunt for these criminals, the security services killed 19 people and five others were arrested,” he said. He said the hunt for the perpetrators was still ongoing.

“The situation has been contained and we thank the residents and local officials for their cooperation with the security services,” the spokesman said.

Authorities did not say whether any of the tourists were killed during the attack on the park and did not say where the attackers came from. In the past, Rwanda has seen infiltration of FDLR fighters from their bases in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

The group consists of former Rwandan soldiers and Hutu militias who fled after participating in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

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