Militants kill UN blue helmet

World November 26, 2017 20:33

dakar - Presumably Christian militias killed an Egyptian UN military and wounded three others during an attack in the south of the Central African Republic (CAR), and the United Nations said Sunday.

The attack, carried out by so-called anti-Balaka militants according to the UN, took place in Gambo. That is about one hundred kilometers from the city of Bangassou where more than a hundred civilians and three Moroccan peacekeepers were killed during incidents in May and July.

The conflict has killed thousands of people since the Muslim Seleka rebels expelled Fran├žois Bozize in 2013, which caused a reaction to the Christian anti-Balaka rebels.

The violence increased when the former colonial power France ended its peace mission last year. Since then, the 13,000-strong UN mission in the Central African Republic, known as MINUSCA, has struggled to restore order in the country.

In total, only thirteen blue helmets have been killed there this year. Five militants were also killed Sunday, the UN said.

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