4 UN peacekeepers killed in Central African Republic
A Christian rebel group in the Central African Republic ambushed a UN convoy sparking a firefight and kidnappings that left four peacekeepers dead, eight injured and one missing, the United Nations said Tuesday.
UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said eight fighters from the anti-Balaka rebel group were also killed in the firefight on Monday night. The UN peacekeeping mission said the remaining armed perpetrators fled into the bush. The UN mission sent a helicopter and additional troops to secure the site near Bangassou, about 474 kilometres east of the capital, Bangui, and were continuing to search for the missing peacekeeper, Dujarric said.
In the initial ambush and firefight, one Cambodian peacekeeper was killed and seven Moroccans and one Cambodian were injured, he said. Three Cambodian soldiers and one Moroccan peacekeeper were also reported missing, according to UN and Cambodian officials.