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One UN peacekeeper killed, seven wounded in Central Africa ambush

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres strongly condemned the attack. 

Published: 05th June 2018 03:11 PM  |   Last Updated: 05th June 2018 03:11 PM   |  A+A-

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UNITED NATIONS: A United Nations peacekeeper from Tanzania was killed and seven others wounded when their patrol was ambushed by gunmen in the Central African Republic, UN officials said today.

This marks the fourth killing of the peacekeepers in the Central African Republic this year.

UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said the gunmen are believed to be from the Siriri militia which attacked the UN patrol yesterday in the village of Dilapoko in southwest Mambere-Kadei prefecture.

One of the wounded peacekeepers is in critical condition at a Bangui hospital.

Three other peacekeepers from the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSCA) mission are being treated in the local town of Berberati.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres strongly condemned the attack. 

MINUSCA has deployed 12,000 troops and police in the impoverished country, which has been struggling since it exploded into bloodshed after the 2013 overthrow of longtime leader Francois Bozize.

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