Rwandan security forces have killed 18 people who were part of a group that carried out a deadly attack in a tourist hub in the north of the country on Friday, a police spokesman said, APA reports citing Reuters.
The assailants, who mostly carried traditional weapons like knives, attacked Kinigi sector in Musanze district, where the Volcanoes National Park offers tourists the chance to view endangered mountain gorillas.
In a statement on Sunday, police spokesman John Bosco Kabera said security personnel pursuing the attackers had killed 18 of them and also that the death toll from the assault had risen to 14.
“During the act of hunting down those criminals, security organizations have killed 18 people and five others have been captured,” he said, adding that the hunt for the perpetrators was still ongoing.
“The situation has been contained and we thank residents and local officials for collaboration with security organizations.”