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Rwanda Says Rebel Leader Is Dead

August 4, 1998

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) _ The Rwandan army has killed a senior Hutu rebel leader in northern Rwanda and put his body on public display, military officials said today.

The man identified as Maj. Mugemana was killed Monday night when the army stopped rebels from burning administrative offices in Nyarutovu, 30 miles northwest of the capital, Kigali, the officials said. The body was then put on display in Nyarutovu.

The army said Mugemana was a bodyguard for Hutu President Juvenal Habyarimana, whose death in a plane crash in 1994 set off the Hutu government-sponsored genocide in which more than half a million Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus were killed.

The 90-day slaughter ended when Tutsi rebels overthrew the government. Former members of the Hutu government and military, many of whom were involved in the genocide, have since been carrying out attacks inside Rwanda.

Hutu rebels have attacked Nyarutovu repeatedly.

The army has claimed a series of victories in the area in recent weeks. The Tutsi-dominated army also claims to have made headway on its battle to win support in the predominantly Hutu northwest and wean residents away from the rebels.

On Monday, the army said residents of Rushashi, north of Kigali, helped capture six rebels who were believed to have participated in an attack Sunday in which 100 people died. The six will be put on trial.

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