August 13, 1997 |
In a secretive nighttime military operation, Gabon has returned 168 Rwandan refugees to their homeland, where most of the men in the group were immediately arrested, a U.N. official said Tuesday. The Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees is trying to locate the men, mainly former government soldiers, who were handcuffed and taken away in military trucks from the airport in Kigali, Rwanda's capital, agency spokeswoman Pam O'Toole said.
January 23, 2009 |
Rwanda arrested Congolese rebel leader Laurent Nkunda, a Congolese military spokesman said today. A joint Rwanda-Congo force converged Thursday on Nkunda's stronghold in the Congolese town of Bunagana on the Ugandan border, said Capt. Olivier Hamuli, a spokesman for the joint force. But Nkunda resisted arrest and fled south, crossing into Rwanda, where he was caught, Hamuli said. Rwandan officials could not immediately be reached for comment. Analysts said Rwanda and Nkunda's own commanders had grown irritated by Nkunda, viewing him as an authoritarian megalomaniac who allegedly embezzled money from rebel coffers.