7 UN police ambush in Central African Republic

New York – The United Nations says seven UN police officers were ambushed and illegally detained by suspected members of anti-Balaka Christian militia in the grip of violence in the Central African Republic.
The spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the UN International Police said Monday the offices were arrested and released Sunday night near Boali in the prefecture of Ombella Mpoko southwest.
In a separate incident on Sunday Dujarric, a holding position of the United Nations peace Damara in the same prefecture was shot by three unknown armed men. He said peacekeepers returned fire killing one assailant and seizing a number of weapons, but two attackers managed to escape.
Dujarric the UN mission strongly condemned the attacks and called for quick action to bring the perpetrators to justice.
Central African Republic has experienced widespread sectarian violence since 2013.

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