Rwandan peacekeeper in CAR kills colleagues

Rwandan peacekeeper in Central African Republic killed four of his colleagues and then shot himself

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Peacekeeping troops in CAR

A Rwandan UN peacekeeper serving in the Central African Republic (CAR), shot dead four Rwandan troops and seriously wounded eight others on Saturday before committing suicide himself, according to the Rwandan Defence Ministry.

"Investigations have immediately commenced to establish the motive behind this deplorable shooting," spokesman Brigadier General Joseph Nzabamwita said. "We suspect terrorism, without ruling out mental illness as the cause."

Wounded soldiers are currently receiving medical attention at Banguifor treatment center.

The incident occurred around 5:45am (0445 GMT) at the Rwandan battalion's headquarters in the capital Bangui.

In March 2013, CAR suffered a great deal of instability when predominantly Muslim Seleka rebels seized power, triggering reprisals by "anti-balaka" Christian militias who drove tens of thousands of Muslims from the south in a de facto partition. Subsequently UN peacekeepers were deployed to restore stability in the torn nation.

However, in April 29 of this year, a leaked UN report showed several French UN peacekeepers allegedly raped helpless 9 year old boys in exchange for crumbs of food back in 2013 and 2014.

CAR opened an investigation in May 29, and stated that the French soldiers will be brought to justice, since the assaulted young boys were fully capable of providing vivid descriptions of their predators, the African nation’s government confirmed the investigation does not affect the French government in any way.



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