UK arrests five Rwandans over 1994 genocide

(File) Combo photo released 07 November 2006 by Kigali's prosecutor office shows pictures of three of the men arrested.

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  • At least 800,000 people were killed in Rwanda's genocide
  • Five men will appear in court again next week
Five Rwandans accused of involvement in genocide in their native country were arrested in Britain on Thursday, London's Metropolitan Police Service said.
The men appeared in a London court under an extradition warrant alleging offenses that include genocide and murder between 1993-1994.
They were identified by police as Vincent Bajinya, Charles Munyaneza, Emmanuel Nteziryayo, Celestin Ugirashebuja and Celestin Mutabaruka.
At least 800,000 people were killed in Rwanda's 1994 genocide.
The victims were mostly from the Tutsi ethnic minority, who were targeted by Hutus over a rivalry that dates to colonial days. Some moderates from the Hutu majority who supported Tutsis also were killed.
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The five men are expected to appear again in the same court on Wednesday.