A Moroccan blue helmet was killed Thursday in an attack in the south-east of the Central African Republic, a country in the throes of a civil war since 2013, announced Friday the UN, which did not identify the assailants.
“A blue helmet from the Moroccan contingent (…) died following an attack on Thursday morning at Obo airfield while he was securing, with other elements of his contingent, the perimeter of an airfield for a landing. “Said in a press release the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic (Minusca), which has deployed a peacekeeping force since 2014, with a workforce of more than 14,000 soldiers today.
The Minusca specifies that an investigation has been opened to determine the “exact circumstances” of this attack and recalled that “any attack on the life of a peacekeeper can be considered a war crime”.
The last blue helmets to fall in the Central African Republic were three Bangladeshi soldiers killed on October 4 in the explosion of a device as their vehicle passed in the northwest.