Three UN peacekeepers killed in CAR

BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (AFP) – Three United Nations (UN) peacekeepers have been killed by unidentified combatants in the Central African Republic (CAR), the UN said, as the country prepares for a general election and fighting continues between rebels and government forces.

The news came after a rebel coalition called off a ceasefire and said it would resume its march on the capital and following the arrival of troops from Russia and Rwanda to shore up the government of the resource-rich country.

“Three peacekeepers from Burundi were killed and two others were wounded,” following attacks on UN troops and Central African national defence and security forces, the UN said in a statement on Friday.

The assaults took place in Dekoa, central Kemo Prefecture, and in Bakouma, in the southern Mbomou Prefecture, it said, without providing further details.

Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, Stephane Dujarric strongly condemned the latest

incident, and called on the CAR authorities to investigate the “heinous” assaults.