Central African Republic: new waves of tension arise

An angry mob has stormed the Headquarters of the United Nations Stabilization Mission to the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) with corpses 17 people claimed to have been executed by MINUSCA troops.

The 17 people including a blue beret were killed in a gun battle between self defence groups and MINUSCA forces at the PK5 district in the Central African capital Bangui.

Some 10 people were injured in the fighting that took place on Tuesday, 10th April 2017 in the Muslim dominated part of the capital. The Tuesday night has been described by media as one of the deadliest in the last two years carried out by a joint MINUSCA – Central African forces against armed groups.

The eastern part of Bangui remains tense, one of the provinces administered by Seleka. However, the Popular Front for Renaissance Central African Republic (FPRC) is monitoring the situation in the north-east of the country.

The Mayor of the Bangui, Atahirou Balla Dodo said besides the 17 bodies that were taken to the MINUSCA headquarters, two women and two children had been conveyed to a mosque. 56 injured people were admitted at the Bangui public hospital while Doctors without Borders were treating 44 all from bullet injuries.

A U.N. soldier was killed and eight others injured in the gun battle on Tuesday. Some 11 peacekeepers and 12 other people also sustained injuries in other confrontation on Sunday, according to MINUSCA.

The self defence groups that took up arms against UN forces say MINUSCA and government operation undermines the peace project initiated by the African Union.
Operation to disarming the self-defence groups by MINUSCA have remained futile as the PK5 which  is the economic heart of Bangui remains cut off from the rest of the capital.

A joint mission of the UN and AU is working on a crisis in CAR was received on Wednesday, 11 April by President Touadéra to seek concrete and last solutions to the wave of violence.

Elvis Teke

Elvis Teke

Journalist, Online Reporter, News Presenter, Programme Anchor, Peace Advocate, Geo-strategist,

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