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UN Peacekeeper Killed In Ambush In CAR

On Patrol MINUSCA in Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR).

A UN Peacekeeper has been killed in an ambush while on duty in the Central African Republic.

According to the UN, the peacekeeper is from Tanzania. Seven of his colleagues were injured in the attack.

According to UN spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric, the attackers are gunmen believed to be from the Siriri militia.

He said one of the wounded peacekeepers is in critical condition at a hospital in Bangui.

The Peacekeepers were on patrol on Sunday in the village of Dilapoko in Southwest Mambere-Kadei prefecture.

Antonio Guterres the UN secretary General has condemned the attack . This brings the death toll to 4 peacekeepers this Year.

The United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Central Africa (MINUSCA) has 12000 troops and police deployed.

“The Secretary-General recalls that attacks against United Nations peacekeepers may constitute a war crime and that sanctions can be applied against the perpetrators,” said the statement, which also noted that Mr. Guterres urged national authorities to spare no effort in bringing them to justice.

The Secretary-General “reaffirms his unwavering support” to the UN Stabilization Mission in CAR (MINUSCA), added the statement, in its efforts to “protect civilians and stabilize the country”.

The UN chief paid tribute to all those peacekeepers who had made the ultimate sacrifice in CAR, and offered his deepest condolences to the bereaved family as well as to the Government of Tanzania, wishing a swift recovery to the injured.

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