UN: UN mission in CAR condemns attack on villages

New York, US (PANA) -  UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central Africa Republic (MINUSCA) on Monday condemned recent violence in Ndomete and Kaga Bandoro in the country, calling on local communities to remain calm and teh mission's right to take appropriate measures to prevent destabilization of the situation.

"We call on Kaga Bandoro’s communities to remain calm and affirm our right to take appropriate measures to prevent destabilization of the situation, protect civilians in line with our mandate, and ensure the country’s territorial integrity," MINUSCA said in a statement.

According to the statement, clashes broke out on 16 September between anti-Balaka and ex- Séléka groups in Ndomete and Kaga Bandoro, leaving at least six civilians dead and many, including an aid worker injured.

It noted that, UN staff premises were also looted in Kaga Bandoro.

In response to the situation, the mission said that it has reinforced its military presence in the affected areas and deployed UN peacekeepers to strengthen the security situation. It also said that is also deploying a human rights team from capital Bangui to assess the situation.

MINUSCA also said that it was monitoring the situation and remains in contact with national and local authorities to stop the violence.

More than three years of civil war and sectarian violence have displaced thousands of people in the CAR amid continuing clashes between the mainly Muslim Seleka rebel coalition and anti-Balaka militia, which are mostly Christian.
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19 september 2016 20:27:29

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