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The Nyarubuye Massacre is the name given to the killing of an estimated 20,000 civilians at the Nyarubuye Roman Catholic Church and took place on 15-April 16 1994 in the province of Kibungo , 140 km (60 miles) east of the Rwandan capital Kigali. The victims were Tutsis and Hutu moderates who had sought refuge in the church. Men, women and children were reported to have been killed indiscriminately, with the attackers alledgedly using spears, machetes, clubs, hand grenades and automatic weapons.
The massacre was part of the April-June 1994 Rwandan Genocide in which an estimated 937,000 people have died.
On 3 December 2003 a Rwandan court in Rukira , Kinbungo found 18 people guilty of genocide crimes. Gitera Rwamuhizi , a leader of the group responsible for the killings, was sentenced to life imprisonment, and after pleading guilty the sentenced was dropped to 25 years. The rest were sentenced to terms ranging from 7 to 16 years.
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