Murder-suicide claims five Rwandan peacekeeping troops in CAR

Rwandan peacekeeping troops on patrol in Bangui, CAR

Rwandan peacekeeping troops on patrol in Bangui, CAR

A Rwandan soldier and member of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation  Mission in Central African Republican (MINUSCA) has shot and killed four fellow Rwandan peacekeeping troops in the Central African Republic capital Bangui before turning the gun on himself, the Rwandan Defense Forces (RD) has revealed.

In a statement released Saturday, the RDF regrets the “unfortunate” incident in which eight more people were injured.

“We suspect terrorism without ruling out mental illness to be the cause,” the Rwandan Military Spokesman Brig. Gen. Joseph Nzabamwita said.

Rwandan troops have been in the Central African nation since 2013 when turmoil broke out following Muslim Seleka rebels take over of power.