Senior humanitarian official condemns "shocking" killing of aid workers in Central African Republic

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The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the Central African Republic Kaarina Immonen. [UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz]

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the Central African Republic has condemned the recent killing of two aid workers in the country.

In a statement on Thursday, Kaarina Immonen described the incident, which took place on Saturday in the north-western town of Bossangoa, as "shocking."

The aid workers were local employees with the Agency for Technological Cooperation and Development (ACTED). They were killed while returning to the agency's base, according to media reports.

The UN official said persistent insecurity together with the absence of the rule of law, grave human rights violations and deplorable attacks against humanitarian personnel, are preventing life-saving aid from reaching people in need in the CAR.

She urged the authorities and all parties to the conflict to ensure the protection of civilians and respect for humanitarian workers.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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