Insurgents killed 10 civilians during an attack hundreds of kilometers northeast of the Central African Republic’s capital, Bangui, a spokesman for the UN peacekeeping force in the country told AFP.
“The armed elements of the Union for Peace in Central Africa (UPC) inflicted abuses on the population in the village of Bokolobo last Monday, killing 10 people,” said Minuska force spokesman Lt Col Abdul Aziz Oudraogo.
They had earlier attacked security force posts, he elaborated.
“In response to these atrocities, the force immediately deployed the blue helmets of Mauritania to protect the population,” Oudrogo said.
He said a second patrol party of the Nepali team has been sent to the spot, which is 400 km northeast of Bangui.
In a statement released on Friday, Ali Darsa, the military leader of the UPC and Chief of Staff of the Patriotic Coalition (CPC), condemned the coalition of rebel groups formed to overthrow President Faustín Archange Toudera in December 2020. On Monday in the same village “30 civilians of Muslim faith, including 27 Fulani … mercenaries of anti-child militias from the Wagner Company, FACA and the Touadera Wing.”
According to the United Nations, the Central African Republic, the world’s second least developed country, has been the scene of civil war since 2013.
In late 2020, the most powerful of the many armed groups, which then shared two-thirds of the territory, launched an offensive on Bangui shortly before the elections and the Touadera sought Moscow’s help for its weakened army.
Hundreds of Russian paramilitary forces have joined the hundreds since 2018 making it possible to repel the insurgents’ attack in a matter of months and then repel them from a large part of the areas and cities under their control.
But they were unable to re-establish the authority of the state everywhere.
On 30 March, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, denounced “serious human rights violations” in the CAR, including “murder and sexual violence” against civilians perpetrated by rebel groups, but also the regime’s armed forces and their Russians. Associate.