The New Times (Kigali)

21 December 2012

Rwanda: Congolese Bank Robbers Arrested in Rwanda

A group of Congolese individuals who are believed to have robbed close to one million US dollars from a DRC bank were arrested by Rwandan intelligence officials after they illegally crossed from Goma into Rwanda with their bounty.

Police could not reveal how many people were arrested but according to the Police Spokesman, Theos Badege, the robbers used a porous border in Rubavu to escape into Rwanda and amalgamate with the residents of the area.

"We managed to arrest some suspects between today (Thursday) and yesterday, as well an amount of money and we are still carrying out investigations to ensure that entire suspect ring is foiled," Badege said.

"We are working closely with the regional expanded Joint Verification Mechanism to ensure that preliminary investigations on the matter are carried out efficiently and professionally."

Reports from BCC claim that on Tuesday, three suspected robbers attacked a vehicle taking money to the bank in Goma and made away with £614,000 after a gun fight that claimed two lives.

The robbers then sped off and illegally crossed into Rwanda, where some or all were eventually arrested by Rwanda's intelligence.

The arrested suspects did not have identification and spoke either Lingala or Swahili and according to Badege, details of their extradition to DRC are still withheld as investigations go on.

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