The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) has announced joint military operations with the Central African Republic security forces against auto-defense militia in Nana-Gribizi prefecture.
HumAngle learnt that these operations have already led to the arrest of several suspects as well as the recovery of locally-manufactured arms.
“The Blue Helmets and the internal security forces are actually carrying out joint operations in Ouandago, 50 kilometres from Kaga-Bandoro, to ensure the end of exactions by an auto-defense group,” MINUSCA said during the weekly press briefing in Bangui on Wednesday, Feb. 23.
“The result halfway through the operations is that 11 persons have been arrested, 11 locally-fabricated arms have been seized and ten kilogrammes of Indian hemp seized.”
The UN forces stressed that the Central African Republic people were happy about the operation and recommended that the security forces continue to remain among them.
The operation comes one month after the one carried out by the Blue Helmets on the Bambari-Alindao highway, and most recently towards the locality of Boyo where violent clashes took place between Unite pour la Paix en Centrafrique (UPC) rebels and the Anti-Balaka faction allied to President Faustin Archange Touadera.
Two weeks ago, MINUSCA announced a big operation against UPC and FPRC rebels in Bakouma and Zako within the following days.
“The MINUSCA force is about to establish a global and transversal strategy to kick out armed groups which have elected residence in Bakouma and Nzako. These two localities will see action in the following days,” MINUSCA had declared during a weekly press conference on Wednesday, Feb. 9.
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