Aid workers killed in Central African Republic


A UNICEF employee and five education workers were killed in an attack in the Central African Republic, the United Nations children’s fund said in a statement.

The attack on February 25 occurred as the group was traveling to Markounda, in a remote region near the Chadian border. UNICEF declined to immediately give the nationalities of those killed.
“We strongly condemn this senseless act against aid workers there to improve the lives of the most vulnerable populations,” UNICEF’s West and Central Africa Regional Director Marie-Pierre Poirier said in the statement.

The agency said it was not yet in a position to release more details on the incident.

Militia violence in the Central African Republic has intensified over the past year, making it one of the world’s deadliest countries for humanitarian workers.

Unknown assailants killed six Red Cross volunteers in the south-east last August, barely a month after another worker was shot dead by an unidentified armed group in Bangassou.