Moroccan peacekeeper was killed by Ambush in Central Africa : UN

Vastavam web: An ambush killed a Moroccan peacekeeper and wounded three others on in the Central African Republic, the United Nations has said, blaming pro-Christian militias for the violence. “A MINUSCA (peacekeeping mission) military convoy was targeted by anti-Balaka (yesterday),” it said of the clash in the southern city of Bangassou. The coup led to the formation of “anti-Balaka” (anti- machete) vigilante units, drawn from the Christian majority, which began to target Muslims. Both sides committed widespread atrocities.

“The attack took place while the Moroccan peacekeepers were escorting water tankers to the river to help resupply the village,” the MINUSCA force said Sunday, condemning the assault and sending “condolences to the family, the people and the government of Morocco”. On Friday, a patrol of peacekeepers was shot and one of the attackers killed, Herve Verhoosel, spokesman for MINUSCA, told AFP on Saturday, blaming pro-Christian militias once again. On the same day, a Muslim woman was kidnapped by what is believed to be an anti-Balaka unit and six Christians were held by Muslims. All were released on Saturday following negotiations. Militias are still flourishing given the weakness of the state.

Former colonial power France intervened in 2013 to stop violent Christian-Muslim clashes and formally ended its peacekeeping mission only last month, hailing it a success despite fresh outbreaks of violence