Murders Impede Justice in Rwanda GENOCIDE WITNESSES SLAIN

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The group of armed men who forced their way into the house of Jean Sibomana, a local government official, appeared to know exactly who he was.

They called him by name, shot him, and then went on to kill his daughter and wife. Five others were killed in the attack.

Mr. Sibomana, a survivor of the 1994 genocide that killed up to 1 million people in Rwanda, says he believes the attackers are members of the notorious Interahamwe, the Hutu militia responsible for much of the slaughter. "We know the Interahamwe are hiding around here. Sometimes we've seen them in the swamps along the river. All seven killed were Tutsi. It hasn't finished. They're still trying to kill us," he says. The attack in Mugina, just 25 miles south of the capital Kigali, has spread fear among local villagers. The Army has stepped up patrols in the area. A government official says soldiers killed two armed men, believed to be Interahamwe militiamen, in a skirmish near the river at the end of last month. A representative for the United Nations human rights operation in Rwanda says the UN is concerned by the increase in reported attacks on genocide survivors and witnesses to the genocide. In the first half of 1996, it documented at least 98 such attacks, resulting in the killing of at least 85 people. In the majority of such cases, the UN's investigations indicate that the perpetrators were probably members of the former Hutu army, Interahamwe militias, or insurgents opposed to the current Tutsi government. As well as genocide survivors, local government officials and Tutsis who returned to Rwanda from exile after the end of the war were targeted. The names of some of the victims are said to have been included on death lists. …

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