18 Jan UN Peacekeepers report warns of significant increase in terrorist attacks in the Central African Republic.
United Nations Peacekeepers have reported a significant increase in terrorist attacks in the Central African Republic.
One area that has seen a particular rise is the northwest of the country, where members of the UN peacekeepers have been targeted as well as the army.
Stephane Dujarric, the chief spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said: “Our colleagues at the peacekeeping mission there said they have noted a significant increase in the number of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), especially in the northwest of the country.”
Among the IEDs found since the beginning of the year, “three out of five devices exploded on vehicles belonging to our peacekeepers or to the country’s army,” Dujarric added.
He continued: “She said that following the arrival of armed combatants in the town, there are allegations of killings, houses burned down and agricultural supplies stolen.”
The rise in terrorism is believed to be part of a deliberately targeted attack by the armed Return, Reclamation, Rehabilitation group. The armed forces in the Republic have launched a strategic division known as MINUSCA is aiming to protect the UN peacekeepers whilst uncovering more about the terrorist attacks.
On the humanitarian side, the UN deputy special representative and humanitarian coordinator for the Central African Republic, Denise Brown, visited Ouaka prefecture in the country’s midsection a few days ago and expressed her concerns about the situation, notably in the town of Boyo, the spokesman said.