Bandits’ attacks target peacekeepers
From JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – ESCALATING attacks against United Nations peacekeepers in Central African Republic may be classified as war crimes and punishable by international law.
The warning comes amid a spate of violence on personnel of the United Nations Mission for Stabilization in Central African Republic (Minusca) by bandits.
In the latest attack, armed elements estimated at 50 opened fire against peacekeepers and civilian convoy, while they were trying to repair a vehicle of the convoy.
UN peacekeepers immediately responded to the attack, causing the death of a civilian who was part of the convoy and injuring five among the peacekeepers.
Two assailants were also killed during firefights, and some weapons recovered.
Minusca expressed its strong indignation against the wave of attacks against civilians and its personnel on the ground
“Every effort will be made to find the perpetrators of this attack in order to answer to their crimes to justice,” Minusca head Parfait Onanga- Anyanga, said from Bangui.
Concerned with the security, humanitarian, human rights and political crisis, UN deployed Minusca in 2014.
– CAJ NEWS
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