21 wounded in Rwanda grenade attack

16:33, July 13, 2011      

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At least 21 people were wounded in a grenade attack by a suspected terrorist in a southwestern town in Rwanda, local police reported on Wednesday.

The assailant on a motorbike threw a hand grenade into a small market in the town of Rusizi, causing the injuries, police said.

Rusizi is located near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), Rwanda's police spokesperson Theos Badege said. The wounded including three in serious conditions have been taken to a regional hospital, according to the same source.

At least "21 local residents including six sellers were wounded when a terrorist riding a motorbike threw a hand grenade into the middle of the crowd at a market place in the southwestern region of Rwanda," police said in a statement, condemning the attack.

"Rwanda's Police have arrested three people suspected of being involved in this action while the investigation is still going on," it said.

This attack perpetrated by unknown suspects for still unknown reasons was the first ever in the southwestern region near the border with eastern DR Congo, where a Rwandan Hutu rebel group of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) established a foothold after the 1994 Rwanda massacre.

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