Uganda protested an incursion by Rwandan soldiers on its territory that it said resulted in two deaths, a development that could inflame already tense relations between the neighbours.
Two Rwandan soldiers entered Ugandan territory in the southwestern district of Rukiga in pursuit of a suspected smuggler, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said.
They shot dead a Rwandan and a Ugandan, it said.
“Uganda protests in the strongest terms the violation of its territorial integrity by Rwandan soldiers and the criminal, brutal and violent act by the Rwandan soldiers, on Ugandan territory against unarmed civilians,” the ministry said in a statement.
“The ministry demands that action be taken against the perpetrators of this attack.”
According to the ministry the soldiers entered Uganda while pursuing a Rwandan national suspected of smuggling merchandise. After the soldiers caught up with the man about 50 metres (yards) inside Ugandan territory, he resisted arrest and was then instantly shot. The soldiers then shot a Ugandan man who had attempted to intervene, the ministry said.