Updated: March 4, 2021
Gunmen attacked a United Nations base in Central African Republic on Sunday, sparking a 30-minute gunfight, U.N. spokesman Vladimir Monteiro said. No one was killed or injured.
Reuters news agency reported that the unidentified gunmen fired on a part of the base that houses Egyptian and Jordanian peacekeepers at 11 p.m. local time.
“We returned fire and sent reinforcements, and calm returned after half an hour,” Monteiro said. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.
According to Reuters, “Thousands have died in the country since Muslim Seleka rebels ousted President Francois Bozize in 2013, provoking a backlash from Christian “anti-balaka” militia. Violence spiked when former colonial power France ended its peacekeeping mission in 2016.
“Since then, a United Nations Central African Republic mission known as MINUSCA has struggled to restore order to a country where government control barely extends beyond Bangui”.
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