Five UN peacekeepers die in Central African Republic

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SHAFAQNA - A Rwandan soldier serving with the UN mission in the Central African Republic fatally shot four Rwandan troops before turning the gun on himself, Rwandan authorities said Saturday.

The incident, which also left eight peacekeepers wounded, occurred at the Rwandan battalion’s headquarters in the capital Bangui, according to a statement from the Rwandan defense ministry.

“Investigations have immediately commenced to establish the motive behind this deplorable shooting of his RDF [Rwandan Defense Force] colleagues. We suspect terrorism without ruling out mental illness to be the cause”, the ministry said.

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon offered condolences to the victims’ families and the Rwandan government.

“A full investigation into the circumstances of this incident in which eight additional peacekeepers were wounded is ongoing”, read the statement on Saturday.

The UN peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic, or MINUSCA, was deployed in April 2014 in a bid to end violence between Muslim Seleka rebels and Christian militias that has left at least 6,000 people dead since early 2013.

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