CAPE TOWN (dpa) – A UN peacekeeper was killed and eight others were wounded in an attack on the UN mission in the Central African Republic Thursday evening, said Babacar Gaye, the head of the mission.
The peacekeeper is the first troop killed since the United Nations took over peacekeeping operations on September 15.
“This crime against the UN peacekeepers, who are here to help the people of the Central African Republic, is unacceptable and the perpetrators will be held accountable and brought to justice,” Gaye said.
The attack took place on the outskirts of the country’s capital, Bangui, where fresh sectarian violence broke out earlier killing at least eight people, the national radio station Ndeke Luka reported.
About 25 others were injured, according to the national Red Cross. Regular machine gun shots could still be heard Thursday morning, after Muslim Seleka fighters started attacking civilians and destroying homes in a Christian neighbourhood on Wednesday, reportedly to avenge the death of one of their leaders.