Rwandan security forces have killed 19 people in connection with last Friday’s attack that resulted in the death of 14 people in the northern part of the country near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In a statement by the authorities, the attack was carried out by Rwandan Hutu rebels in search of food. The assailants who were armed with knives and machetes attacked a village in Musanze district near the Volcanoes National Park.

The rebels included the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) militia, whose leaders were linked to the 1994 genocide of ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus.

The authorities confirmed that 14 people were killed in the attack.       

In response, the security forces launched a manhunt and caught up with some of the perpetrators. Nineteen suspected assailants were killed and five arrested, the police said in a statement.