South Africa arrests 6 in attempt on exiled Rwandan
Police have arrested six suspects after an exiled Rwandan general who is accused of terrorism in his homeland was shot in Johannesburg over the weekend, authorities said today.world Updated: Jun 21, 2010 17:36 IST
Police have arrested six suspects after an exiled Rwandan general who is accused of terrorism in his homeland was shot in Johannesburg over the weekend, authorities said on Monday.
Lt. General Kayumba Nyamwasa and his wife were returning to the upscale gated community where they live in northern Johannesburg when a lone gunman fired him on Saturday.
Rosette Nyamwasa said her husband was shot in the stomach and will recover.
Police spokesman, Govindsamy Mariemuthoo would not say whether the suspects arrested were Rwandan, nor would he discuss possible motives in what he described as a murder attempt.
Nyamwasa's wife has accused Rwandan President Paul Kagame of being behind the shooting, a charge the Rwandan government denies. Nyamwasa and Kagame were once allied but have fallen out, reportedly because Kagame sees his former military chief as a political rival. Nyamwasa came to South Africa earlier this year.
Rwandan officials have accused Nyamwasa of trying to destabilize their government. The Rwandan government says it has linked Nyamwasa to three grenade attacks in Rwanda's capital Feb. 19 that killed one person and wounded 30 others.
South African police said earlier this year they had not arrested Nyamwasa because they do not have an extradition treaty with Rwanda.
First Published: Jun 21, 2010 17:32 IST