Series of violent incidents plague CAR

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Peacekeepers serving with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). UN File Photo/Catianne Tijerina

A series of violent incidents have been taking place in the Central African Republic (CAR) since yesterday, the UN Mission in the country reports.

On Monday, a police station in the PK5 area of Bangui was surrounded by an alleged armed "self-defence group".

Janie Cangelosi reports.

During an operation to extract policemen from there, shots were fired at the UN forces which in turn returned fire.

At least 6 people were killed and one peacekeeper was injured.

Here's the UN Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric.

"Three people were arrested. The Mission has launched an investigation into the incident. The UN Mission condemned these actions and reiterated that attacks against UN personnel could constitute a war crime punishable under international law. The Mission called on all parties involved to act with restraint, to refrain from violence and work for a peaceful and inclusive future for all."

An aid agency convoy was also attacked in the Kemo prefecture, north-east of Bangui on the same day, leaving one person dead.

Ongoing clashes between rival groups in Ouham prefecture, Bossangoa province have left 10 combatants and once civilian dead.

Meanwhile, civilians have sought refuge at a MINUSCA camp.

Janie Cangelosi, United Nations.

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