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Rwandan Soldier Killed in Central African Republic

United Nations has strongly condemned the killing of a Rwandan peacekeeper in Central African Republic (CAR).

The Rwandan soldier was killed during a joint operation launched on 8 April by Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) and government forces to disarm and arrest heavily armed criminal groups.

The militants had sealed off a section of the capital Bangui known as PK-5.

“Our forces managed to stop the fight and rescued civilians but unfortunately one of our soldiers lost his life and 8 were injured,” said the Rwandan Military and Defence Spokesperson, Lt Col. Innocent Munyengango.

Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres recalled that attacks against United Nations peacekeepers may “constitute a war crime” and calls on the Central African Republic authorities to investigate them and “swiftly bring those responsible to justice.”

The Secretary-General also reiterated the determination of MINUSCA to protect civilians and contribute to the stabilization of the Central African Republic.

Rwanda has 986 peacekeepers in Central African Republic.

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