UN: UN mission in CAR condemns attacks against peacekeepers

New York, US (PANA) - UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA) on Monday strongly condemned repeated assaults against its peacekeepers, following two attacks over the past five days.

According to MINUSCA, a logistics convoy secured by its Pakistani contingent was attacked on Sunday by a group of armed individuals, some 20 km from Dekoa, in the prefecture of Nana Gribizi, which is in the northern part of the country.

It noted that the peacekeepers reacted quickly and routed the attackers and weapons were also recovered.

"This attack comes three days after that against a convoy from Bambari secured by the Mauritanian contingent of the Mission was attacked between Grimari and Sibut, wounding five peacekeepers. According to preliminary information, a group of an estimated 50 armed elements opened fire on peacekeepers and civilians while they were trying to repair a vehicle of the convoy," it stated.

The mission also described the attacks as "cowardly and irresponsible actions", and urged an immediate end to such attacks against its peacekeepers and mission premises.

It denounced any and all provocative statements wrongly accusing its contingents and stressed that such allegations, some of which have religious connotations, can cast doubt on the impartiality of its troops.

MINUSCA also stressed that "such acts will not go unpunished", and the perpetrators and instigators will answer for their actions before the competent courts, "including, where appropriate, for war crimes."
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17 october 2016 19:18:37

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