Published: Tue, May 16, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

Hostages freed from mosque in Central African Republic

Hostages freed from mosque in Central African Republic

This is not the first time peacekeepers have been targeted in the Central African Republic.

Over the past week the Christian militias have "attacked civilian populations, targeting in particular Muslims" during the assault in Bangassou, which borders the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), MINUSCA said.

CAR Prime Minister Simplice Sarandji also condemned the attacks and vowed to bring those responsible to justice.

Spain condemned the attack on civilians and a soldier of the Royal Armed Forces (FAR) contingent on Saturday and offered its condolences to the families of the civilian victims and the deceased Helmet, as well as to the authorities of Morocco and the vehicle, said a statement from the Spanish Foreign Ministry.

A Moroccan peacekeeper soldier has been found dead on Saturday after a convoy of United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) was attacked by armed men.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Sunday he was "outraged" by the attacks on the 13,000-strong mission that have killed six peacekeepers around Bangassou, an area previously sheltered from conflict.

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MINUSCA also said there were reports of civilians killed.

He said the worldwide community will be "relentless" in apprehending the perpetrators of these crimes and all their commanders, including some instigators who may be sponsoring these attacks from Bangui.

MINUSCA is sending reinforcements to Bangassou to secure the town and protect civilians.

"The situation is extremely deplorable and we are doing everything to rapidly retake control of Bangassou", said the MINUSCA chief.

The overnight assault on the camp in the southeastern city of Bangassou, which is near the Democratic Republic of Congo, was staged by the mainly Christian anti-Balaka group, the United Nations mission in the country (MINUSCA) said. Ten peacekeepers, 9 Moroccan and a Cambodian, were injured in this attack.

Vehicle is emerging from civil conflict which began in 2013, with clashes between the mainly Muslim Séléka rebel coalition and anti-Balaka militia, which are mostly Christians. Kamailoudini Tagba, trained as journalist at Togo state radio, worked for the African Network of Culture Promoters and Entrepreneurs (rapec) as news writer.

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