UN peacekeepers' convoy attacked: Two dead

 05 Jan 2017 - 23:20


Bangui: Two Moroccan peacekeepers died after gunmen attacked their convoy in the Central African Republic's (CAR)  remote southeast, the UN mission said yesterday.
The attack on Tuesday took place about 60km from the town of Obo, as the troops were escorting a convoy of fuel trucks sent from Zemio, MINUSCA said.
"Two peacekeepers died and two others were injured," it said. "The attackers fled into the bush."
The United Nations Security Council yesterday condemned the attack "in the strongest possible terms."
"Attacks targeting peacekeepers may constitute a war crime and reminded all parties of their obligations under international humanitarian law," the UNSC added, urging the Bangui government "to swiftly investigate this attack and bring the perpetrators to justice."
The Central African Republic is struggling to emerge from a civil war that erupted in 2013 following the overthrow of former president Francois Bozize,a Christian, by rebels from Seleka coalition.