(Xinhua) -- The Burundi army Monday
denied hosting armed groups that attack neighboring countries,
responding to the report on the killing of two Rwandan nationals
early Sunday by an armed group that allegedly retreated into
"No armed group was yesterday seen crossing
the common border between Burundi and Rwanda," Burundian Army
Spokesman Gaspard Baratuza told Xinhua on Monday.
Baratuza emphasized that Burundi would never hide criminals
that commit crimes in neighboring countries.
He said Burundian defense and security forces would continue
to ensure security on common borders and maintain good
relationships with neighboring countries.
On Sunday, the Rwandan army reported that an armed group
killed two persons and injured another one at Bugarama in Rusizi
district, western Rwanda, before retreating to the Burundian
Relations between Burundi and Rwanda have been cold since
April 2015, when Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza decided
to run his controversial third term in violation of the national
constitution and the 2000 Arusha Agreement that ended a
decade-long civil war.
Burundi has accused Rwanda of hosting Burundian citizens who
staged a failed coup plot on May 13, 2015 and of providing
military training to people who are destabilizing Burundi.
Rwanda has always denied the allegations.
In recent months, at least six Burundian nationals were
killed by Rwandan soldiers after the Rwandan army accused them
of illicitly entering the Rwandan territory from Burundi’s
Cibitoke and Kirundo provinces.