4 UN peace­keep­ers killed in Cen­tral African Repub­lic

Cape Breton Post - - World -

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.

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