Secretary-General "outraged" by attack against civilians, UN in CAR

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Peacekeepers with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). Photo: MINUSCA

The Secretary-General has expressed "outrage" over an attack by armed groups against the UN and civilians in the town of Bangassou, in the Central African Republic (CAR).

António Guterres made the remarks in a statement issued by his Spokesperson on Sunday.

The weekend attack led to significant population displacement, an undetermined number of civilian casualties and the death of one Moroccan peacekeeper.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

Members of a wide coalition, including anti-Balaka elements, attacked civilian populations Friday night, targeting in particular Muslims, in the Tokoyo neighborhood of Bangassou, according to MINUSCA, the UN Mission in CAR.

Displaced civilians have fled to the mosque, the catholic church and a hospital.

A UN soldier died in the attack, bringing to six the number of peacekeepers killed in the West African nation this week.

Offering his condolences to the family of the bereaved peacekeeper and the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco, the UN chief warned that such attacks may constitute a war crime.

António Guterres also called on the Central African Republic authorities to investigate the incident in order to swiftly bring those responsible to justice.

The attack came just hours after the UN held a memorial ceremony to honour five peacekeepers killed on 8 May in a nearby village of Yogofongo.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations. 

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