CAR radicals claim peacekeepers’ lives

peacekeepersFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – Militants have killed at least seven United Nations peacekeepers in the ungovernable Central African Republic (CAR) this week.
The attacks targeting peacekeepers’ convoys are widespread in the, in the south east of the country.
In the Rafai-Bangassou axis, four peacekeepers were killed and ten others injured as suspected Christian radicals, the anti-balaka, attacked a convoy of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the CAR (MINUSCA).
One peacekeeper was missing at time of publication.
A spokesperson of UN secretary general, António Guterres, called on CAR authorities to investigate the attack in order to bring perpetrators to justice. However, President Faustin-Archange Touadéra’s government appears powerless against militants.
Elsewhere, MINUSCA has reported three of the four peacekeepers, including a Cambodian that were missing in action in Yogofongo earlier this week have been found dead.
The peacekeepers went missing in action after a deadly attack on their convoy by the anti-Balaka.
The other peacekeeper remains unaccounted for. Eight militants were killed.
Head of MINUSCA, Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, extended condolences to the family of the victims.
He expressed gratitude for the work and sacrifices of the peacekeepers in the troubled country.
Thousands of civilians have been killed during the conflict that started in 2012 involving the government, rebels from the Muslim Séléka coalition and the anti-balaka militias.
CAJ News

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