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UN Peacekeepers Killed In Central African Republic


Around 425,000 people have been uprooted by the fighting in CAR [File: Baz Ratner/Reuters]

Around 425,000 people have been uprooted by the fighting in CAR [File: Baz Ratner/Reuters]

On Tuesday, United Nations officials reported that four UN peacekeepers were found dead after an attack on a convoy. It is believed that the attack was perpetrated by a Christian militia group. At least eight peacekeepers were wounded. 

This civil conflict started in 2013 when Muslim militias rebelled against the government, incurring retaliation from Christian groups like the one responsible for this attack. MINUSCA, or the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic, has been present in the CAR since 2014.

Killing a UN peacekeeper is considered a war crime, and this is not the first time something of this nature has occurred in the CAR. The UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported that there have been at least 33 attacks on aid workers in the first quarter of 2017. 

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