Four UN peacekeepers injured in Central African Republic

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Four United Nations peacekeepers have been injured in an attack on their convoy by armed Christian anti-Balaka militia in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic.

According to reports, violence has flared up again in the country as the militia insist that the country's president resign.

The Central African Republic has been mired in violence between Christian and Muslim militias since December 2012.

Farhan Haq is UN Deputy Spokesperson in New York.

"The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) reports that today a UN police patrol was ambushed by anti-Balaka fighters in the Combattant neighbourhood of Bangui. The peacekeepers returned fire. The attack resulted in four peacekeepers being wounded: three by grenade and one by gunfire. They were immediately transported to the mission's hospital and are currently receiving medical care." (22")

MINUSCA took over the peacekeeping operation from the African-led International Support Mission in the Central African Republic in September this year.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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