Central Africa: One UN Peacekeeper Killed, Three Wounded In Central African Republic

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Christian anti-Balaka forces attacked a United Nations police checkpoint in Central African Republic on Monday, killing one UN peacekeeper and wounding three others, the United Nations said.

This was contained in a statement released by United Nations Spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric, on Monday, saying the Mauritanian was the 14th peacekeeper killed in Central African Republic this year.

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The attack took place at the entrance to a camp for displaced people in the southeastern town of Bria after peacekeepers intervened to free two displaced people being held hostage by anti-Balaka forces.

Dujarric said the Mauritanian was the 14th peacekeeper killed in Central African Republic this year.

The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the death and injuries, and urged Central African authorities to swiftly investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice, Dujarric said later. Guterres said attacks on UN peacekeepers may constitute war crimes.

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The secretary-general reiterated the determination of the UN peacekeeping mission “to protect civilians and contribute to the stabilisation of the Central African Republic,” the spokesman said.

The country has been wracked by violence between Muslims and Christians since 2013, when predominantly Muslim Seleka rebels overthrew the Christian president and seized power.

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Dujarric said Guterres urges all parties to cease violence and work together to bring peace and stability to the country.

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