2 UN Peacekeepers Killed in Central African Republic

The Associated Press
By The Associated Press
January 18, 2021Africa
2 UN Peacekeepers Killed in Central African Republic
UN peacekeepers make a patrol in the village of Nhialdiu, part of an increase in patrols since an increase of reports of violent attacks on the road from Bentiu to Nhialdu in South Sudan, on Dec. 7, 2018. (Sam Mednick/AP Photo)

UNITED NATIONS—Two U.N. peacekeepers were killed in an attack Monday in the Central African Republic, the United Nations said.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the peacekeepers came under fire on the Bangasso-Gambo axis.

Dujarric said nine U.N. peacekeepers have been killed “in hostile incidents” in the last seven days in Central African Republic and Mali.

The mineral-rich Central African Republic has faced deadly inter-religious and inter-communal fighting since 2013, when predominantly Muslim Seleka rebels seized power after long claiming marginalization. Resistance to Seleka rule eventually led to Muslims being targeted en masse, with some beaten to death, mosques destroyed, and tens of thousands forced from the capital in 2014.

Violence has stepped up following recent presidential elections.

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