Two UN peacekeepers killed in an ambush in Central African Republic

Two UN peacekeepers killed in an ambush in Central African Republic

The assault passed off some 17 kilometres (about 11 miles) from Bangassou, the capital of the Mbomou prefecture. UN peacekeepers had retaken management of town on Friday, after it captured two weeks earlier by anti-government armed teams. 

Mankeur Ndiaye, head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in CAR (MINUSCA), strongly condemned the assault and stressed that the Mission “will work with the Central African authorities to ensure that the perpetrators and accomplices of these war crimes are arrested and held accountable for their acts.” 

The deceased peacekeepers had been from Gabon and Morocco. 

Paying a heavy worth 

Mr. Ndiaye, additionally the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for CAR, mentioned that the UN Mission “has paid a heavy price” within the service of peace. 

MINUSCA has misplaced seven peacekeepers since anti-Balaka, 3R, MPC and Unity for Peace in Central Africa (UPC) armed teams – allies of former president François Bozizé – launched coordinated and simultaneous attacks.  

In spite of the challenges, the UN Mission “remains committed to pursuing its mandate of protecting civilian populations and securing elections,” he added. 

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MINUSCA peacekeepers on patrol in Mbomou prefecture, southern Central African Republic. (file photograph)

Securing Bangassou 

Also on Monday, MINUSCA mentioned that it continues its operations to safe Bangassou, located about 750 kilometres (465 miles) from Bangui, after having retaken town from armed teams. 

Robust patrols are presently being carried out within the metropolis and its environment. The safety state of affairs is calm and residents are beginning to return to their houses, in keeping with the Mission. 

“However, [our] forces remain on alert to prevent any action by armed groups targeting the civilian population, State authority, and peacekeepers or the return of rebels to Bangassou,” it added. 

Protect civilians 

Meanwhile, UN particular advisers on prevention of genocide and the duty to guard, Alice Wairimu Nderitu and Karen Smith voiced deep concern over escalating violence that has pressured over 120,000 civilians to flee their homes

“We strongly remind those behind these attacks that their acts constitute atrocity crimes, and those with highest responsibility, including political actors will be held accountable,” the 2 officers mentioned . 

Ms. Nderitu and Ms. Smith additionally reminder the Government of CAR of its “primary responsibility” to guard its populations towards genocide, battle crimes, ethnic cleaning, and crimes towards humanity. 

They urged nationwide authorities, with the help of the worldwide group together with MINUSCA, to take pressing measures to deal with the insecurity and defend civilians. 

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