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Rwanda genocide suspect slips net

Over 800,000 people died in Rwanda genocide
Over 800,000 people died in Rwanda genocide

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NAIROBI, Kenya (CNN) -- U.S. security agents have been involved in a failed attempt to capture a top suspect wanted for alleged involvement in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

The attempt to lure Rwandan fugitive Felicien Kabuga to the home of a Kenyan businessman -- who had offered to help investigators trap Kabuga -- was made last week.

But several days after Kabuga failed to turn up for the planned meeting, last Wednesday, security personnel broke into the home and found the Kenyan businessman had been shot dead in his bed.

Details of the operation were reported on Tuesday in Kenya's Daily Nation newspaper and later confirmed by a U.S. Embassy spokesman.

The Daily Nation named the dead businessman as 27-year-old William Munuhe.

U.S. Embassy spokesman Peter Claussen said U.S. security personnel were committed to assisting Kenyan police and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), based in neighbouring Tanzania, to track down suspects wanted for involvement in the genocide.

The U.S. government has offered up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest of Kabuga, a businessman held to have paid for shipments of machetes used during the genocide and a shareholder in an extremist radio station that disseminated propaganda against Rwanda's Tutsi minority.

About 830,000 people -- most Tutsi but also some Hutus from the country's ethnic majority -- are estimated to have died in the genocide.

Pierre Prosper, the U.S. envoy in charge of U.S. initiatives to assist the ICTR, recently said a top outgoing Kenyan government official had been helping Kabuga remain in hiding in Kenya.

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