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MINUSCA Begins Removal Of Landmines In Bambari, Central Africa Republic

The demining operations initiated by MINUSCA were suspended in February, following an altercation with Russian mercenaries; it has now resumed to ensure roads remain accessible to locals.

The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) says it has started demining operations in Bambari within the Ouaka prefecture in the Central African Republic.

These demining operations come on the heels of similar operations carried out in the prefectures of Nana-Mambere, Mambere-Kadei, Ouham-Pende, and Lim-Pende which started in the early Feb. 2022.

“This operation of neutralising landmines took place within five kilometres from Bambari on the Ippy highway and permitted MINUSCA to safeguard the highway,” a statement by MINUSCA on Monday, April 25 stated.

The MINUSCA statement did not indicate the specific areas where the demining was taking place.

The demining operations were stopped because of a misunderstanding between MINUSCA and the Russian Mercenaries of the Wagner Security Group, but were restored in Feb. this year.

Security sources told HumAngle that the operation would reduce landmine explosions along the highways and make them accessible to the population in the localities.

Landmines have caused enormous damage on the civilian populations principally in the northwest and west of the Central African Republic.

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