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Opposition: ex-Rwandan intelligence chief killed

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January 2, 2014 03:51 AM EST | AP


JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Rwandan opposition leaders say the country's former spy chief has been found strangled in a hotel in South Africa and accused President Paul Kagame of ordering his assassination.

The opposition coalition Rwandan National Congress said Thursday that Patrick Karegeya, a former colonel and longtime ally in war who turned against Kagame in peace, was found strangled in a room at Johannesburg's plush Michelangelo Towers hotel.

Congress coordinator Theogene Rudasingwa told The Associated Press in a telephone call from Washington that it was unclear if Karegeya was killed on Tuesday or Wednesday.

He said the death follows a pattern of attacks ordered by Kagame — accusations the Rwandan government vehemently denies.

Gunmen twice tried to kill Lt. Gen. Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa while he was living in exile in Johannesburg.