Peace­keeper in CAR killed in am­bush

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD - – ANA

AN AM­BUSH by un­known at­tack­ers on a con­voy of the UN Mul­tidi­men­sional In­te­grated Sta­bil­i­sa­tion Mis­sion in the Cen­tral African Repub­lic (Mi­nusca) in Bokayai, in the north­west part of the coun­try, which killed one Bangladeshi peace­keeper, has been con­demned by the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil.

In a press state­ment, the mem­bers of the se­cu­rity coun­cil ex­pressed their deep­est con­do­lences and sym­pa­thy to the peace­keeper’s fam­ily, the gov­ern­ment of Bangladesh and Mi­nusca, and ex­tended their sym­pa­thies to the Cen­tral African Repub­lic (CAR) gov­ern­ment.

Strongly con­demn­ing all at­tacks and provo­ca­tions against Mi­nusca by armed groups,the se­cu­rity coun­cil un­der­lined that at­tacks tar­get­ing peace­keep­ers may con­sti­tute a war crime and re­minded all par­ties of their obli­ga­tions un­der in­ter­na­tional hu­man­i­tar­ian law.

Coun­cil mem­bers also called on CAR au­thor­i­ties to swiftly in­ves­ti­gate the at­tack.

Clashes be­tween the mainly Mus­lim Séléka rebel coali­tion and anti-Balaka mili­tia, which are mostly Chris­tian, plunged the coun­try into civil con­flict in 2013.

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