UN: 400 people attacked UN base in Central African Republic
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations said up to 400 people attacked a U.N. peacekeeping camp in Central African Republic on Friday morning, critically injuring several soldiers. It said one assailant died and several others were injured.
The attack was the second this week against the peacekeeping camp in the northern city of Kaga-Bandoro where the U.N. mission said “relations with the population have always been positive.”
The U.N. noted that this is a period of seasonal migration marked by communal tensions in the area, about 385 kilometers (240 miles) from the capital Bangui, but it did not say what sparked the protest.
The peacekeeping mission, known as MINUSCA, said a mob of 300 to 400 people attempted to break through the barrier of the camp’s entrance by setting it on fire.
It said peacekeepers tried to hold back the crowd and that demonstrators carrying stones and knives threw projectiles at the U.N. soldiers, critically injuring several of them.
“Faced with the magnitude of the attack, the U.N. peacekeepers reacted with warning shots,” MINUSCA said in a statement.
The mission expressed regret at the death of one assailant and injuries to several others and said it was immediately opening an investigation to determine the exact circumstances that led to these casualties.
The U.N. said all those injured were being treated at the camp’s hospital.
At least 5,000 people have been killed since the Central African Republic exploded into sectarian violence in December 2013.