Ten “blue helmets” from the RCA Presidential Guard in Bangui. wounded

At least ten “blue helmets” were injured on Monday by gunfire by the Presidential Guard near the Presidential Palace in the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), Bangui, as the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic confirmed on Tuesday (MINUSKA).

MINUSCA has issued a statement indicating that the wounded, two of whom are in serious condition, belong to an Egyptian contingent of the mission’s police unit, although the causes of the incident are not currently clear.

He said the agents arrived at Bangui International Airport on Monday “as part of the periodic rotation and stationing of troops in RCA,” adding that “when they went to their base they were the target of gunfire Guard. Presidential election without notice and without a response, as they were not armed. “

Ten “blue helmets” from the RCA Presidential Guard in Bangui.  wounded
Ten “blue helmets” from the RCA Presidential Guard in Bangui. wounded

“While trying to withdraw from the area 120 meters from the presidential residence, the police unit’s bus ran over a deceased woman,” said MINUSCA, who expressed their condolences to the family of the mortal victim.

As a result, she condemned what she called “an obviously deliberate and unspeakable attack that cannot be justified”, adding that “MINUSCA and members of the government immediately entered into a dialogue to investigate the necessary legal consequences the incident”.

The African country has plunged into a serious crisis with the loss of the candidacy of former President François Bozizé, who returned to the country at the end of 2019 to re-run for the presidency, a position that he gave up in 2014 due to the lifting of the Séléka rebels, mostly Muslim.

Thereafter, the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) was formed, currently led by Bozizé and made up of numerous armed groups, including several signatories to the 2018 peace agreement. Touadéra ruled a unilateral ceasefire in October, although fighting has sporadically since then .

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