You are here: Home » PTI Stories » National » News
Business Standard

Fighting in Central African Republic kills 30, UN says

AP  |  Bangui 

Fighters with the former Seleka rebel group attacked a northern town in Central African Republic, and clashes left at least 30 dead and 57 wounded as United Nations peacekeepers confronted them, the UN said.

The attack in Kaga-Bandoro was likely retaliation for the death on Tuesday of a suspected former Seleka member, the peacekeeping mission said in a statement. Peacekeepers repelled the attackers, killing at least 12 of them, the U.N. mission said.



The UN condemned the violence that saw rebels attack civilians, target authorities and loot aid organizations.

Armed men attacked a secondary school during a teacher training, witnesses told the UN children's agency, saying that among those killed were three teachers, the director of an educational center and the vice president of the parents association.

"We are deeply shocked by these developments and saddened that teachers have been targeted," said Mohamed Malick Fall, UNICEF's representative in the country.

A local priest said he saw that two humanitarian workers were also among the dead. He spoke on condition of anonymity out of fear for his safety.

More than 5,000 people already displaced by years of violence have taken refuge next to the UN base, their informal settlements burned, the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs said.

"There is, today, no legitimate reason for any armed group to use weapons," said the UN mission's chief, Parfait Onanga-Anyanga. "The people have suffered enough and are tired of this war that has lasted too long."

Central African Republic descended into conflict in 2013 when the mostly Muslim Seleka rebels overthrew the Christian president. That ushered in a brutal reign in which the rebels committed atrocities.

When the rebel leader left power, a backlash by the Christian anti-Balaka militia against Muslim civilians followed.

The sectarian violence has continued, despite a high-profile visit by Pope Francis last year to appeal for calm.

Hundreds of former Seleka fighters have regrouped in Kaga-Bandoro, along with Muslim civilians, after fleeing the capital, Bangui, two years ago.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

RECOMMENDED FOR YOU

Fighting in Central African Republic kills 30, UN says

Fighters with the former Seleka rebel group attacked a northern town in Central African Republic, and clashes left at least 30 dead and 57 wounded as United Nations peacekeepers confronted them, the UN said. The attack in Kaga-Bandoro was likely retaliation for the death on Tuesday of a suspected former Seleka member, the peacekeeping mission said in a statement. Peacekeepers repelled the attackers, killing at least 12 of them, the U.N. mission said. The UN condemned the violence that saw rebels attack civilians, target authorities and loot aid organizations. Armed men attacked a secondary school during a teacher training, witnesses told the UN children's agency, saying that among those killed were three teachers, the director of an educational center and the vice president of the parents association. "We are deeply shocked by these developments and saddened that teachers have been targeted," said Mohamed Malick Fall, UNICEF's representative in the country. A local priest said he ... Fighters with the former Seleka rebel group attacked a northern town in Central African Republic, and clashes left at least 30 dead and 57 wounded as United Nations peacekeepers confronted them, the UN said.

The attack in Kaga-Bandoro was likely retaliation for the death on Tuesday of a suspected former Seleka member, the peacekeeping mission said in a statement. Peacekeepers repelled the attackers, killing at least 12 of them, the U.N. mission said.

The UN condemned the violence that saw rebels attack civilians, target authorities and loot aid organizations.

Armed men attacked a secondary school during a teacher training, witnesses told the UN children's agency, saying that among those killed were three teachers, the director of an educational center and the vice president of the parents association.

"We are deeply shocked by these developments and saddened that teachers have been targeted," said Mohamed Malick Fall, UNICEF's representative in the country.

A local priest said he saw that two humanitarian workers were also among the dead. He spoke on condition of anonymity out of fear for his safety.

More than 5,000 people already displaced by years of violence have taken refuge next to the UN base, their informal settlements burned, the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs said.

"There is, today, no legitimate reason for any armed group to use weapons," said the UN mission's chief, Parfait Onanga-Anyanga. "The people have suffered enough and are tired of this war that has lasted too long."

Central African Republic descended into conflict in 2013 when the mostly Muslim Seleka rebels overthrew the Christian president. That ushered in a brutal reign in which the rebels committed atrocities.

When the rebel leader left power, a backlash by the Christian anti-Balaka militia against Muslim civilians followed.

The sectarian violence has continued, despite a high-profile visit by Pope Francis last year to appeal for calm.

Hundreds of former Seleka fighters have regrouped in Kaga-Bandoro, along with Muslim civilians, after fleeing the capital, Bangui, two years ago.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

image
Business Standard
177 22

Fighting in Central African Republic kills 30, UN says

Fighters with the former Seleka rebel group attacked a northern town in Central African Republic, and clashes left at least 30 dead and 57 wounded as United Nations peacekeepers confronted them, the UN said.

The attack in Kaga-Bandoro was likely retaliation for the death on Tuesday of a suspected former Seleka member, the peacekeeping mission said in a statement. Peacekeepers repelled the attackers, killing at least 12 of them, the U.N. mission said.

The UN condemned the violence that saw rebels attack civilians, target authorities and loot aid organizations.

Armed men attacked a secondary school during a teacher training, witnesses told the UN children's agency, saying that among those killed were three teachers, the director of an educational center and the vice president of the parents association.

"We are deeply shocked by these developments and saddened that teachers have been targeted," said Mohamed Malick Fall, UNICEF's representative in the country.

A local priest said he saw that two humanitarian workers were also among the dead. He spoke on condition of anonymity out of fear for his safety.

More than 5,000 people already displaced by years of violence have taken refuge next to the UN base, their informal settlements burned, the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs said.

"There is, today, no legitimate reason for any armed group to use weapons," said the UN mission's chief, Parfait Onanga-Anyanga. "The people have suffered enough and are tired of this war that has lasted too long."

Central African Republic descended into conflict in 2013 when the mostly Muslim Seleka rebels overthrew the Christian president. That ushered in a brutal reign in which the rebels committed atrocities.

When the rebel leader left power, a backlash by the Christian anti-Balaka militia against Muslim civilians followed.

The sectarian violence has continued, despite a high-profile visit by Pope Francis last year to appeal for calm.

Hundreds of former Seleka fighters have regrouped in Kaga-Bandoro, along with Muslim civilians, after fleeing the capital, Bangui, two years ago.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

image
Business Standard
177 22

Upgrade To Premium Services

Welcome User

Business Standard is happy to inform you of the launch of "Business Standard Premium Services"

As a premium subscriber you get an across device unfettered access to a range of services which include:

  • Access Exclusive content - articles, features & opinion pieces
  • Weekly Industry/Genre specific newsletters - Choose multiple industries/genres
  • Access to 17 plus years of content archives
  • Set Stock price alerts for your portfolio and watch list and get them delivered to your e-mail box
  • End of day news alerts on 5 companies (via email)
  • NEW: Get seamless access to WSJ.com at a great price. No additional sign-up required.
 

Premium Services

In Partnership with

 

Dear Guest,

 

Welcome to the premium services of Business Standard brought to you courtesy FIS.
Kindly visit the Manage my subscription page to discover the benefits of this programme.

Enjoy Reading!
Team Business Standard