KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) – Uganda's police said Sunday that two Ugandans were killed by Rwandan security forces in an incident that could exacerbate the tension between the two East African countries.
Elly Maate, police spokeswoman for Uganda's Kigezi region bordering Rwanda, said the victims smuggled tobacco into Rwanda.
"These two Ugandans were shot by Rwandan security forces at around 8:00 pm in the village of Tabagwe in Nyagatare district, Rwanda, on 9 November, to smuggle tobacco into Rwanda," Maate said.
Uganda's border guards worked to retrieve the bodies from Rwanda for funerals.
Political tensions between the two countries reached their peak in February, when Rwanda closed its border and blocked all goods from Uganda.
As a result of the closed border, communities close to the border resorted to smuggling.
One Rwandan was killed last week d Another was injured by the Rwandan police after crossing the border to buy groceries in Uganda.
Maate warned the Ugandans to stop using unofficial border points to enter Rwanda.
Things that jeopardize their lives when they enter the country through permeable border points because our security forces can not protect you, "he said.