Rwanda’s security ministry said an unidentified soldier opened fire in Rubavu district before shooting him.
Rwanda’s Defense Ministry said an unidentified soldier believed to be a Congolese fighter was killed after crossing the border and firing at local soldiers on Saturday.
At around 1am local time (23:00 GMT), the man crossed the “small barrier”, the border between Goma in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Rwanda, into Rubavu district before opening fire on the Rwandan army. . RDF) will guard the tower, the ministry said in its statement.
“He was shot dead by RDF operatives before he could harm anyone,” he said.
The Congolese army did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.
It comes as the M23 rebel group – which has been fighting the Congolese government for a decade – has been making major gains in recent weeks, moving towards Goma as the fighting escalates.
The DRC accuses Rwanda of supporting M23, but Rwanda always denies it.
M23 has carried out several attacks in eastern DRC this year, and clashes between the army and rebels have led to the displacement of thousands of people since March.
The regional authorities are trying to resolve the relationship between Rwanda and the DRC. Former Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Rwandan President Paul Kagame agreed on Friday on the urgent need for the M23 rebels to stop firing and withdraw from occupied areas in eastern DRC, the East African Community bloc said.
The second round of peace talks will take place in the Angolan capital of Luanda next week.