UPDATE: THREE OF FOUR MISSING PEACEKEEPERS FOUND DEAD AFTER ATTACK IN SOUTH OF CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) is deeply saddened to confirm that three of the four peacekeepers that were missing in action since yesterday’s attack have been found dead. The fourth peacekeeper remains missing in action.
The four peacekeepers went missing in action after a deadly attack on their convoy on Monday night near the village of Yogofongo, 20 km from Bangassou. During the exchange of fire, one Cambodian peacekeeper and eight anti-Balaka elements were killed. There are a number of injured on both sides.
MINUSCA vigorously denounces this odious attack on peacekeepers whose presence on Central African soil has no other objective than to help the country to protect its population and to allow the Central African Republic to emerge from the cycle of violence caused by armed groups.
MINUSCA is closely coordinating with CAR officials to ensure that the perpetrators of this cowardly attack are arrested and brought to justice. MINUSCA recalls that "harming the life of a peacekeeper can be considered a war crime and subject to prosecution".
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of MINUSCA Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, extends “deepest and heartfelt condolences to the family of the victims,” and expresses his “immense gratitude for the work and sacrifices of the peacekeepers in the Central African Republic.”