Rwandan peacekeeper killed in Central African Replublic

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A Rwandan peacekeeper was killed in Central African Republic (CAR) on Tuesday during a clash with armed criminal groups.

Eight others were also wounded in the gunfight which occurred in the capital, Bangui. One of the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) troops injured in the attack remains in critical condition, according to officials in the capital.

Peacekeeper killed in CAR

The incident followed a joint operation launched on Sunday between the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), Central African forces and the country’s police. The operation aims to disarm and arrest heavily armed criminal groups that have claimed part of Bangui, according to the United Nations.

Lt Col. Innocent Munyengango, the Military and Defence Spokesperson, told the The New Times that the peacekeeper killed during Tuesday’s clash was a Sergeant.

“[Rwandan peacekeepers] had been deployed to rescue civilians who had been attacked by armed elements in a place called PK5 – a city suburb in Bangui,” he said. “Our forces managed to stop the fight and rescued civilians but unfortunately one of our soldiers lost his life and 8 were injured.”

He also said the wounded soldiers are “recovering well” and that preparations are underway to repatriate the body of the deceased.

“Preparations are underway to repatriate the body of the fallen peacekeeper to Rwanda for burial.”

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Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.