KIGALI, Rwanda — Attackers hacked and shot to death 107 Tutsis on Friday and injured 30 others at a refugee camp in northwestern Rwanda, U.N. officials said. The Rwandan government accused Hutu rebels of carrying out the raid.
The marauders set fire to tents at the Mudende camp--which houses 8,000 Tutsi refugees from northeastern Congo--and attacked the civilians with machetes and guns, said Paul Stromberg, spokesman for the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.
Two Rwandan soldiers guarding the camp also were killed, and another two were wounded, army Col. Kayumba Nyamwasa said.
Three hundred Hutu insurgents and several hundred local Hutu civilians overwhelmed 15 soldiers guarding the camp, Nyamwasa said. The government sent reinforcements to stop the assault, and 12 assailants were killed before the rest fled, he said.
The attackers included local civilians who had been employed by aid agencies running the camp, Nyamwasa added.
After the attack, most of the refugees fled to the nearby Nkamira transit camp, from which they will be moved to a safer area, the U.N. spokesman said.