Nine UN peacekeepers killed in line of duty in CAR this year

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

The United Nations Secretary-General has condemned the killing of two UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic on Wednesday.

The Moroccan soldiers were escorting a humanitarian convoy in the south-eastern city of Bangassou when they were ambushed.

The incident brings to nine the number of peacekeepers killed in service in the border town since the beginning of the year.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

In a statement released by his deputy spokesman, UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged the Central African authorities to swiftly investigate Tuesday's attack on UN peacekeepers in Bangassou.

He also asked them to look into previous killings of UN soldiers serving with the UN Mission, MINUSCA, without delay and to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Mr Guterres expressed deep concern over the fighting in the south-east of the Central African Republic, heightened inter-ethnic tensions and efforts by spoilers to derail the stabilization process in the country.

If allowed to continue, he warned, the prevailing situation risks undermining the hard-won gains achieved towards lasting peace

The Secretary-General concluded by calling on all parties to cease violence and to take action to avoid a further deterioration of the fragile security situation in the country.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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