Rebels kill 3 UN peacekeepers, injure 2 ahead of polls in CAR


By Ismail Auwal

Rebels in the Central African Republic (CAR) have attacked the United Nations (UN) troops and killed three peacekeepers, leaving two others wounded, ahead of the country’s poll.

The UN in a statement on Friday disclosed that ambush attack took place in Dekoa, central Kemo Prefecture, and in Bakouma, in the southern Mbomou Prefecture.

The spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, Stephane Dujarric, while condemning the attack, called on the CAR authorities to investigate the “heinous” assaults.

He also warned that the “attacks against United Nations peacekeepers may constitute a war crime.”

Ahead of the polls, 63-year-old incumbent President Faustin Archange Touadera has accused his predecessor Francois Bozize of plotting a coup.

The Rebels had earlier called off the ceasefie agreement after Russia sent at least 300 military instructors following a military cooperation agreement with Touadera’s government.

Tension continues to heighten as the day of the country’s general election approaches.

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