Tue. Dec 5th, 2023

The Rwandan army says it is “deeply saddened” by the death of one of its soldiers killed by “armed elements” while on patrol with UN forces in Central Africa Republic (CAR).

The attack on the forces happened on Monday in Haute-Kotto province north-east of CAR, the UN says in a statement.

“Three armed elements were killed and one captured,” it continues.

The UN mission in CAR’s head, Valentine Rugwabiza, has condemned the attack on the peacekeepers, describing it as “outrageous”.

Rwandans make up around 2,000 soldiers out of the 17,000 UN peacekeepers in CAR.

Rwanda also has around 2,000 troops in CAR sent on a bilateral agreement.

These troops, along with Russian Wagner mercenaries, played a key role in repelling rebels who threatened to capture the capital, Bangui, in 2021.

By Joy

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