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Anti-Muslim militia attacks UN in Central African Republic

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/04/18, 10:45 am

Militants with the mostly Christian anti-Balaka group in the Central African Republic killed one United Nations peacekeeper and injured 11 others during an attack on a UN base, the organization confirmed. UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said the militants attacked the temporary base in Tagbara, and peacekeepers engaged them in a gun battle that lasted several hours. The peacekeeping mission reported that more than 22 militants died in the fighting. The Central African Republic fell into chaos in 2013 after the Muslim Seleka rebel group overthrew the Christian government. The anti-Balaka militia stepped up to fight back, and several other armed groups have sprung up across the country since then. Dujarric said peacekeepers on Tuesday also found the bodies of 21 civilians, including four women and four children, in a separate incident in Tagbara. The UN confirmed the release of 23 people, including 13 women and three children, after members of the Union for Peace in Central Africa, another mostly Muslim rebel group, kidnapped them. Dujarric said the UN mission “strongly condemns all of these events.” 

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.

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  • TC
    Posted: Wed, 04/04/2018 01:39 pm

    Why call the militant group “Christian”. They may identify themselves with that label, but I highly doubt they are true believers.

  • Marsha
    Posted: Wed, 04/04/2018 02:55 pm

    I agree with Todd.  This article barely scratches the surface of what is really going on and isn't clear at all as to who is the "good" guy.  Just reading the article it sounds like Christians are in the wrong and fighting the UN. (I can't imagine UN "peacekeeping forces" being on the wrong side, not).  Again, sounds like you're saying Christians are in the wrong.  If that's truly so you need to explain it better.  

    This story is typical of many other "World" articles.  I might as well read the NY Times.

  • Laura W
    Posted: Wed, 04/04/2018 10:52 pm

    Anyone can report the truth when it suits them--I like to read news from people who also report the truth when it doesn't. Though it would be nice to have more context on what happened here.

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    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Wed, 04/04/2018 04:02 pm

    Muslim groups are nearly always labeled “Muslim” whether they are mainstream Muslim religious believers or far left Jihadists. Now we know what that may feel like to middle-of-the-road, non-violent, mainstream believers of Islam. Labels are difficult, not always fair or accurate, and often unhappy. Now the shoe is on the other foot.