Peacekeepers retaliate killings by CAR bandits

un-mission-in-ssFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – UNITED Nations peacekeepers in Central African Republic (CAR) have killed 12 rebels, wounded 16 and detained others as they hit back at militants that have been carrying out attacks on the peacekeepers.
The anti-balakas were neutralized as they sought to sabotage the United Nations Integrated Multidimensional Stabilization Mission in CAR (UNMISCA) as the mission intervened to protect civilians in Bakouma and Bria, east of the lawless country.
In Bakouma, the anti-balakas, pro-Christian militia, attempted to destroy the bridge to prevent UNMISCA accessing communities.
Threats and attacks continued after the Force entered the locality, resulting in the reaction of the peacekeepers.
Three anti-balakas were killed and four others wounded in attacks on peacekeepers.
The incidents in Bria, meanwhile left six bandits dead, 12 wounded and nine detained among the anti-balakas.
The nine armed elements arrested have been transferred to Bangui and handed over to the Central African judicial authorities.
Major Khalid Rahhali, spokesman of the UNMISCA force, warned anti-balakas and other armed groups that have killed several peacekeepers in 2017.
“The force is determined to respond firmly to all forms of aggression against both the international community and the civilian population.”
The crisis in CAR emanated from the overthrow of President Francois Bozize, a Christian, by a mostly-Muslim rebel coalition known as Séléka.
Seleka leader, Michel Djotodia became president, triggering banditry by anti-balaka.
The administration of President Faustin-Archange Touadéra, elected in 2016, has failed to halt the militancy.
Over 100 000 people have been displaced in the past six months.
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