UN condemns back-to-back attacks in Central African Republic

The UN mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) has condemned, in the strongest terms, the assaults launched by armed groups in Damara on Saturday and Bangassou on Sunday.

ANI | New York | Updated: 04-01-2021 08:37 IST | Created: 04-01-2021 08:37 IST
UN condemns back-to-back attacks in Central African Republic
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New York [US], January 4 (ANI/Xinhua): The UN mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) has condemned, in the strongest terms, the assaults launched by armed groups in Damara on Saturday and Bangassou on Sunday. "There is no doubt that all these attacks take place in a context of disruption of the elections - before, during and after the polls," the UN special representative and head of the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in CAR (MINUSCA), Mankeur Ndiaye, said in a statement on Sunday.

Since December 19, a coalition of rebel groups, which occupies two thirds of the CAR, has been reportedly carrying out offensive to disrupt the presidential and legislative elections that took place on December 27. According to UN News, despite attempts by rebel groups to obstruct presidential and legislative elections, nearly 2 million Central Africans cast their votes.

Ndiaye reminded that "within the framework of Resolution 2552, MINUSCA has a role of securing the elections." "I reaffirm the mission's determination to keep this commitment," he added.

Armed elements allied with former Central African President Francois Bozize attacked the city of Damara in the prefecture of Ombella-M'Poko on Saturday morning, said UN News. While the response of the national armed forces, called FACA, prompted the attackers to flee, the UN peacekeepers increased their patrols both within and around the city.

The next day, in the southeast Mbomou prefecture, attacks against Bangassou began around 5.30 a.m. in what Ndiaye described as "heavy weapon fire against the FACA military post." "The MINUSCA peacekeepers immediately intervened to protect civilians, secure the local authorities and continue the robust patrols," said UN News, adding that "the force is also securing the camp for internally displaced persons."

The latest attacks followed violence in the western part of the country, which triggered civilians to flee and humanitarians to suspended much-needed aid. (ANI/Xinhua)

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