Red Cross worker killed in Central African Republic


An unidentified armed group in Central African Republic shot and killed a Red Cross worker in a town where more than 100 people died in recent militia attacks, the Red Cross said.

Joachim Ali, a Red Cross volunteer in the diamond-mining town of Bangassou, was killed on Friday while on duty at the organisation’s compound, according to a spokesman.

He is the second Red Cross worker to be killed during the conflict, after a driver died in 2014. The Central African Red Cross Society is investigating Ali’s death, a statement said.

Thousands have died and a fifth of Central Africans have fled their homes in the conflict that broke out after mainly Muslim Seleka rebels ousted President Francois Bozize in 2013, provoking a backlash from Christian anti-balaka militias.

Thirteen of the 14 armed groups along with representatives from government signed a peace accord last Monday in Rome brokered by the Roman Catholic Sant’ Egidio peace group.

About 50 people were killed in the town of Bria, north-east of the capital, in fighting between factions shortly afterwards.