Three Tanzanian soldiers serving with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) were injured on Thursday, Dec. 30, in Batouri Bole village of the Mambere-Kadei prefecture, Southwest of Central African Republic (CAR), when their vehicle hit a landmine.
One of the soldiers who was seriously wounded has been taken to Bouar for first aid treatment before being evacuated to Bangui the national capital.
The incident occurred around 11 a.m. CAT when their convoy had just left Berberati town on its way to temporary military posts in Gbambia and Amada-Gaza about 100km to the Northeast of Berberati.
MINUSCA has strongly condemned the use of explosive devices by armed groups in certain parts of CAR, which have already caused deaths and injuries to civilians.
Mankeur Ndiaye, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General in CAR and chief of MINUSCA, has reached out to the injured soldiers, wishing them a quick recovery.
“Despite the difficult conditions to which the Blue Helmets are faced on the ground, aggravated by the appearance of improvised explosive devices, MINUSCA remains resolutely determined to execute its mandate for peace and the stability of the Central African Republic,” Ndiaye said in Bangui.
This is the third time Blue Helmets of MINUSCA have been victims of improvised explosive devices in the Central African Republic.
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