A Rwanda peacekeeper was killed and another injured in an attack on Wednesday morning by armed rebels on the outskirts of the city of Bangui in Central African Republic.
A statement by the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (Minusca) condemned the attack, noting that the rebels directly targeted the peacemakers who deployed in several cities across the country.
“Minusca bows before the memory of this peacekeeper who fell in the service of peace in the country and expresses sincere condolences to his family and to the contingent and the Rwanda government”, the statement reads.
“Minusca strongly condemns the attacks by coalition armed groups and their political allies including former President François Bozizé. The Mission holds them responsible for the consequences of his violence on the civilian population and stresses that attacks against peacekeepers can be considered as war crimes and prosecuted”.
The Rwanda Defense Forces said that plans are underway to airlift the fallen peacekeeper back to Rwanda for burial.