March 24, 1998 |
Hutu rebels kidnapped seven Roman Catholic nuns and killed 20 civilians in two attacks, said army Capt. Peter Karimba in Gisenyi. He said 30 to 40 rebels attacked a church-run health center at 3 a.m., killing three civilians and taking the seven nuns hostage. Two hours later, 100 rebels attacked Kanama, 10 miles to the east, burning the local government building and killing 17 civilians, he said.
March 8, 1998 |
Eighteen Hutu rebels were killed Thursday by government soldiers in the central Gitarama region, the army said. At least 146 rebels and eight soldiers have been killed in a week of fighting there, according to the army. The figures could not be independently confirmed. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Pierre Celestin Rwigema said 5,000 suspects in the 1994 genocide of more than 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus would be brought to trial this year.
February 11, 1998 |
Hutu rebels armed with farming tools hacked 58 people to death after sneaking into northwestern Rwanda, a government official said Tuesday. The rebels attacked the village of Ngugo, near the border town of Gisenyi in western Rwanda, on Friday and started massacring people in their homes, Gisenyi Gov. Jean-Baptiste Muhirwa said. "They indiscriminately hacked to death babies, women, children, old people, regardless of whether they were Tutsi or Hutu," Muhirwa said.
January 2, 1998 |
A 1,000-strong band of Hutu rebels attacked an army base outside the capital of Tutsi-ruled Burundi, launching an hours-long battle that left at least 150 civilians dead. Thirty rebels and two soldiers also died, Lt. Col. Mamert Sinrinzi told Burundian radio. Hutu rebels attacked a base outside Bujumbura. The army beat back the assault after hours of heavy artillery fire. The rebels then retreated through Gitaramu village, embroiling villagers in the fighting.
December 19, 1997 |
A massacre earlier this month of at least 327 mostly Tutsi refugees by Hutu insurgents at a camp in northwestern Rwanda is "a resurgence of genocide," Clinton administration officials asserted Thursday. State Department spokesman James P. Rubin said the U.S. government will not act on its own but is prepared to assist in any international effort to bring the killers to justice.
October 25, 1997 |
Soldiers with this central African nation's mainly Tutsi army packed 40 people into a rural school and tossed a grenade inside, killing them all, a witness said. Salvator Singirankabo, a resident of Kibezi, 20 miles south of the capital of Bujumbura, said he saw the killings Monday. The soldiers had come to the region to flush out Hutu rebels who had burned 18 schools a week ago. Maj.
May 5, 1997 |
More than 100 Hutu refugees suffocated or were crushed to death Sunday in a train carrying them from a refugee camp in Zaire to be airlifted home to Rwanda, a U.N. official said. Aid workers and journalists saw dozens of bodies tumbling from open railroad cars as the train carrying them from Biaro, about 25 miles away, pulled into Kisangani station in northeastern Zaire. The weak, children and dozens of desperately ill adults aboard had been forced to the bottom of the cars in the crush.
April 19, 1997 |
In an ominous development threatening more than 100,000 exhausted Rwandan refugees facing starvation and disease in eastern Zaire, rebels blocked the United Nations on Friday from starting a massive airlift to carry them home. The Hutu refugees have been on the run since 1994 and are on their last legs, dying at a rate of about 60 a day, although that rate is half that reported earlier this month. Officials of the Office of the U.N.
February 23, 1997 |
Unidentified gunmen in eastern Rwanda killed 21 members of the Hutu majority, most of them children, who returned late last year from Tanzania, neighbors said Saturday. The neighbors, who declined to be identified, said they heard screams and gunshots about midnight Thursday and in the morning found 11 dead at one house and 10 dead at another 150 yards away. The 21 people--five adults and 16 children--had been shot to death. They were all Hutus, the majority ethnic group.
January 20, 1997 |
Aid workers packed to leave this northwestern town Sunday after Hutu militants executed three of their Spanish colleagues and wounded an American in the most serious rebel assault in Rwanda in more than two years. The victims of Saturday night's attack on three aid offices were medical volunteers with the Spanish branch of Doctors of the World. Three Rwandan soldiers also died. There was no report of casualties from the other two aid groups hit--Doctors Without Borders and Save the Children.