Hostages freed from mosque in Central African Republic
- Author: Megan Austin May 16, 2017,
May 16, 2017, 9:32
This is not the first time peacekeepers have been targeted in the Central African Republic.
According to the President of the Central African Republic, the violence is to be blamed on armed groups who want to seize the wealth of the country and sow the division. People connected with the anti-Balaka group are also suspected in the attack.
Spain condemned the attack on civilians and a soldier of the Royal Armed Forces (FAR) contingent on Saturday and offered its condolences to the families of the civilian victims and the deceased Helmet, as well as to the authorities of Morocco and the vehicle, said a statement from the Spanish Foreign Ministry.
United Nations and aid workers have reported that hundreds of civilians are seeking refuge in a mosque in Bangassou, a town in the Central African Republic (CAR) bordering the Congo, after Christian militias massacred up to 30 civilians over the weekend.
MINUSCA is sending reinforcements to Bangassou to secure the town and protect civilians. In January 2017, two Moroccan members of FAR squad of the MINUSCA were killed in an armed attack near the town of Bria on the northeast of the capital Bangui.
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This Monday (May 15), France also expressed its condolences to Morocco following the death of the Moroccan blue helmet. It can not yet determine a civilian death toll. It said while they couldn't determine if the rebels had yet left, they had agreed to do so.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, seen speaking in Beijing on Sunday, says he is "outraged" by the attacks.
A Moroccan peacekeeper was killed Saturday by some 700 anti-Balaka fighters who targeted the United Nations base and Bangassou's Muslim district. Five U.N. peacekeepers were killed in May 8 attacks near Bangassou. Ten peacekeepers, 9 Moroccan and a Cambodian, were injured in this attack.
Among Africa's poorest countries, the auto descended into bloodshed pitting the anti-Balaka fighters against the mainly Muslim ex-Seleka rebels. Kamailoudini Tagba is UNESCO scholarship Alumni, interested in International Relations studies and Security Studies.