The mission said today that armed elements attacked a UN patrol in Bambari on Sunday, killing one peacekeeper and wounding another.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres strongly condemned the attack in Bambari, saying the latest death brought to five the number of peacekeepers killed in targeted attacks in the Central African Republic since January.
Guterres reiterated "that attacks against United Nations peacekeepers may constitute a war crime and that sanctions can be applied against the perpetrators" and urged authorities in the African nation "to spare no effort in investigating and identifying the perpetrators so that they can be swiftly brought to justice," UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.
The secretary-general reaffirmed his "unwavering support" to the UN mission and its efforts to protect civilians, Dujarric said.
The Security Council issued a statement that "condemned in the strongest terms" the attack on the peacekeeping patrol. It said council members also reiterated their support for the peacekeeping mission.
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