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UN condemns deadly attack on peacekeepers in Central African Republic

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Updated: 03:37 GMT, Apr 5, 2018 | Published: 03:08 GMT, Apr 4, 2018 |
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United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric on Tuesday (April 3) condemned the killing of one peacekeeper and the wounding 11 in Central African Republic.

Christian armed anti-balaka militants stormed a U.N. base in Tagbara, Central Africa Republic early on Monday (April 2), leading to an hours-long gunfight in which 22 anti-balaka were also killed, a U.N. statement said.

Later in the morning, peacekeepers discovered 21 dead civilians, including four children, near a church in Tagbara. It was not immediately clear who was responsible for those deaths.

Tagbara is about 300 km (190 miles) northeast of the capital Bangui.

Central African Republic was torn apart after mainly Muslim Seleka rebels ousted president Francois Bozize in 2013, provoking retaliation killings by the anti-balaka.

A 12,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping mission has struggled to restore order to the countryside where attacks on civilians are frequent. The U.N. Security Council approved an extra 900 peacekeepers in November to help to protect civilians.

The mission has become a deadly one: more than a dozen U.N. peacekeepers were killed there last year.

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