Attack in CAR kills 8 and wounds UN peacekeeper

By Editorial Board - 7 December 2015 at 3:27 pm

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The United Nations says armed men have attacked a Central African Republic site for people displaced by violence, killing eight civilians and wounding a peacekeeper.

The attack comes days after Pope Francis wrapped up his three-nation Africa tour in Central African Republic, calling for peace.

Humanitarian Coordinator in Central African Republic, Aurelien A. Agbenonci, condemned Thursday’s attack in Ngakobo about 60 kilometers (37 miles) south of the central town Bambari. In a statement released Friday, Agbenonci called on feuding parties to preserve the security of safe havens.

Central African Republic descended into conflict in 2013 when Muslim rebels overthrew the Christian president. That ushered in a brutal reign. When the rebel leader left power the following year, a swift and horrific backlash against Muslim civilians ensued, and violence continues.


Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Editorial Board

Editorial Board

Africa Times is an independent participative online news site for Sub-Saharan Africa. We aim to empower all African voices through publishing content by a range of people, from academics to bloggers. We are dedicated to bringing the world an African view on life, up-to-date African news and analysis.

Twitter: @_AfricaTimes

Leave a Reply