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24 Aug 2018 | 10:20 PM UTC

CAR: UN peacekeeper killed in ambush near Alindao August 23

Central African Republic News Alert

UN peacekeeper killed in ambush near Alindao on August 23; further clashes possible in coming days

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/24/2018, 12:00 AM until 8/31/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Bangui). COUNTRY/REGION Alindao

Event

On Thursday, August 23, armed men ambushed a convoy of UN peacekeepers near the town of Alindao. According to officials from the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), at least one Burundian peacekeeper was killed in the incident. Reports indicate that the assailants were part of an anti-balaka militia. Additional security forces have been deployed to the area; nevertheless, further clashes between militias and security forces are possible in the coming days and weeks.

Context

The Central African Republic (CAR) has suffered recurrent bouts of civil conflict since December 2012, which has led to hundreds of deaths, created almost 700,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs), and pushed more than 500,000 people to seek refuge in neighboring Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and Chad. Clashes between various armed groups continue to be reported on a regular basis despite the June 2017 signing of a ceasefire agreement between CAR government and 13 out of the 14 rebel groups present in the country.

Advice

Individuals present in CAR are advised to monitor local developments, maintain a high degree of situational awareness, and remain vigilant for potential militant activity. In general, a number of western governments advise their citizens against travel to the east and northeast of the country for various security reasons, including the presence of armed groups and ongoing conflicts.

 

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