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Six Arrested for Shooting of Ex-Rwanda Army Chief, Police Say

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June 21 (Bloomberg) -- South African police arrested six people for the shooting this weekend of Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa, a former Rwandan army chief who lived in Johannesburg, police spokesman Brigadier Govindsamy Mariemuthoo said.

“We are busy with investigations and we expect to make more arrests,” Mariemuthoo said by phone. The six were expected to face charges of attempted murder in a Johannesburg court soon, he said.

Mariemuthoo would not give the nationality of the suspects, saying police would be in touch with Rwandan authorities as part of the investigation.

Nyamwasa, an outspoken critic of Rwandan president Paul Kagame, was hospitalized after he was shot in the stomach in the driveway of his home on June 19 and is in stable condition, the South African Press Association reported.

A spokesman for the Rwandan army, Major Jill Rutaremara, didn’t answer calls by Bloomberg News.

To contact the reporter on this story: Michael Kavanagh in Kinshasa via Johannesburg on pmrichardson@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin in Johannesburg at asguazzin@bloomberg.net.

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