DAKAR A U.N. operation with an assault helicopter dispersed seriously armed militiamen in the distant Central African Republic city of Bambari city on Sunday, the peacekeeping mission mentioned in a assertion.
About 40 fighters from the Common Entrance for the Renaissance of Central African Republic (FPRC) armed with AK-47s and rocket propelled grenades had collected in the city, but U.N. forces intervened to reduce them carrying out an assault, it mentioned.
The action was in maintaining with the peacekeeping forces’ mandate to safeguard civilians and its purpose to “reduce a war” between the militia and the rival Union for Peace in Central African Republic (UPC) rebels, it additional.
“The toll of this air operation is not nevertheless acknowledged,” mission spokesman Vladimir Monteiro mentioned. “MINUSCA (the U.N. mission) warns the coalition (FPRC) against any attempt to provide war to Bambari.”
Monteiro informed Reuters in an e mail that the operation had “engaged one particular helicopter,” but gave no further more information.
The FPRC and UPC are former members of the mainly Muslim Seleka rebel alliance that united to oust then-President Francois Bozize in 2013, sparking backlash from Christian “anti-balaka” militias and plunging the place into tit-for-tat ethnic and sectarian killing.
But they fell out above levels of competition for territory and handle of illicit tax revenues. The FPRC are now allied with the anti-balaka militias.
UPC rebels killed at least 32 people in clashes with the FPRC in December, according to Human Legal rights Observe (HRW).
(Reporting by Tim Cocks Enhancing by Tom Heneghan)