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Six held over failed assassination in South Africa

South African police were investigating a possible conspiracy yesterday after making six arrests in connection with the attempted assassination of an exiled former Rwandan army chief of staff.

Lt-General Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa, a dissident Rwandan military commander who fled the country earlier this year, is recovering in a Johannesburg hospital after an attempt on his life on Saturday that his wife has blamed on the president of Rwanda.

The authorities in Kigali have denied any knowledge of a plot to kill General Nyamwasa.

“The Government of Rwanda does not condone violence, and we wish the family strength and serenity,” said government spokeswoman Louise Mushikiwabo.

“We trust in the ability of South African authorities to investigate the incident thoroughly.”

Police have refused to confirm the nationalities of any of the six people arrested.

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