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UN peacekeeper killed in Central African Republic

2021-01-16 09:18:32


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  • A Burundian peacekeeper has been killed throughout an ambush within the Central African Republic.
  • United Nations says that is the fifth soldier to be killed since a insurgent offensive started.
  • The Safety Council has condemned the assault on the troops in a separate assertion.

A Burundian peacekeeper was killed on Friday throughout an ambush by rebels within the Central African Republic, the United Nations stated, the fifth soldier killed since a insurgent offensive started.

The soldier died in an ambush by a coalition of rebels close to Grimari, roughly 300 kilometres northeast of the capital Bangui, the UN stated, throughout a safety mission to the city with Burundian and Bangladeshi peacekeepers.

MINUSCA – the UN peacekeeping power within the area – additionally stated that two Bangladeshi troopers have been flippantly wounded.

In a press release from New York, UN Secretary-Normal Antonio Guterres strongly condemned the assault and reiterated his “deep concern over the continued destabilisation efforts by armed teams all through the nation”.

Guterres urged all events to right away cease the violence and resolve their variations by way of peaceable means.

The Safety Council strongly condemned the assault on the troops in a separate assertion.

In a declaration unanimously adopted by the council, it additionally condemned “all assaults, provocations and incitement to violence in opposition to MINUSCA by armed teams and different authors”.

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It follows a month-long rebel after six of essentially the most highly effective armed teams, who’ve occupied roughly two-thirds of the nation for eight years, united.

The coalition introduced an offensive forward of the 27 December presidential and legislative vote, geared toward stopping Faustin Archange Toudera’s re-election.

Landlocked CAR is among the world’s poorest nations and has seen a string of coups and wars because it gained independence from France in 1960.

On Wednesday, the insurgent forces mounted their closest assault but to Bangui earlier than being pushed again with the lack of a peacekeeper, the UN stated.

On 4 January, President Touadera was declared the victor, though the political opposition cried foul.


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