CAR authorities urged to investigate peacekeeper's death: UN

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An anti-Balaka commander collects weapons handed in by the group during a release ceremony in Bambari in the Central African Republic. Photo: UNICEF/ Le Du

The United Nations Secretary-General has condemned the killing of a UN peacekeeper in the Central African Republic (CAR).

António Guterres issued a statement on Sunday, urging the authorities in the country to investigate this incident and bring the perpetrators to justice.

A Moroccan soldier was killed and three others were injured in the attack.

Jocelyne Sambira has more.

The Secretary-General said he was "appalled" by the attacks against United Nations peacekeepers, his Deputy Spokesman, Farhan Haq said.

Anti-Balaka militia are suspected to be behind the assault that took place in the south-eastern city of Bangassou.

The peacekeepers were ambushed while escorting tank trucks to collect water for the city's residents, according to MINUSCA, the UN Mission in CAR.

António Guterres expressed concern over the continued fighting in the country’s southeast and called on all parties to cease violence, his spokesperson said.

He also offered his condolences to the bereaved family and to the Government of Morocco, and wished speedy recovery to those injured.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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