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U.S. Citizens In Rwanda Are Asked To Register After Grenade Explosions In Kigali

On March 4, after the near-simultaneous grenade explosions which left at least 16 people wounded in Kigali, the U.S. Embassy issued the following message to U.S. citizens:

The U.S. Embassy in Kigali confirms there were two grenade attacks in Kigali at approximately 8:00 p.m. local time. The first occurred in the Kimironko neighborhood near the Printemps Hotel. The second was in the Kinamba neighborhood near the Gisozi Genocide Memorial. Injuries and/or casualties are unknown at this time.

U.S. citizens living or traveling in Rwanda are encouraged to register with the Embassy through the Department of State’s travel registration website, so they can obtain updated information on travel and security within Rwanda. U.S. citizens without Internet access may register directly with the Embassy. By registering, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency.

The Embassy is located at 2657 Avenue de la Gendarmerie; the mailing address is B.P. 28, Kigali, Rwanda; tel. [250] (252) 596-400; fax: [250] (252) 596-591. The consular section’s email address is American Citizens Services hours are Tuesdays from 09:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Fridays from 09:00 a.m. until noon, except for U.S. and Rwandan holidays. For after-hours emergencies, please call [250] (078) 830-0345. For additional information on consular services, please visit the Embassy’s website.

Lt Gen Kayumba Nyamwasa, now in exile in South Africa

Lt Gen Kayumba Nyamwasa, now in exile in South Africa

Note that one person was killed in similar attacks last month in Kigali, blamed initially on Interahamwe militia and later on two high-ranking RPF officers now in exile.

One of them – Lt Gen Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa, a former chief of staff and ambassador to India – has fled to South Africa earlier this week.

Lt. General Kayumba Nyamwasa, with other high-ranking officers in the RPF army, has been indicted for genocide, crimes against humanity and arrest warrants have been issued against him by courts in France and Spain.


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