UN: UN mission in CAR investigates death of five Rwandan peacekeepers

New York, US (PANA) - The UN mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA) has launched
an investigation into an incident on Saturday in which a Rwandan peacekeeper shot dead four
of his colleagues and wounded eight others before he also died.

A UN statement obtained by PANA in New York on Sunday, said the tragic incident was the first of its kind since the mission was established in April 2014.

The mission expressed its condolences to the Government of Rwanda and to the
bereaved families and wished an early recovery to the injured peacekeepers, who are currently
being treated at the MINUSCA hospital in the capital, Bangui.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also voiced sadness at learning of the death of the
Rwandan peacekeepers.

The statement said that the UN chief offered his deepest condolences to the bereaved families
and to the Government and people of Rwanda, as well as wished a speedy recovery to the

Led by UN Special Representative Babacar Gaye, MINUSCA is tasked with, among other duties, the protection of civilians, support for the transition process, facilitating humanitarian assistance, and the promotion and protection of human rights.

It has an authorized military strength of 10,750 troops, of whom about 87 per cent were deployed as of 14 July 2015.
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