WFP convoy comes under fire in CAR


The United Nations peacekeeping operation in the Central African Republic (CAR) has condemned a recent series of armed attacks perpetrated by rebel elements.

“The United Nations Multi-dimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) strongly condemns the marked increase of armed attacks on the Main Supply Road 1 (MSR1) attributable to members of the rebel group Front démocratique du peuple centrafricain (FDPC),” a statement said.

The latest incident took place over the weekend when gun shots were fired against a convoy with World Food Programme (WFP) supplies, escorted by MINUSCA peacekeepers, in the north-western part of the country.

The driver was fatally wounded after being shot by three times in the chest and his truck shoved on the side, causing serious injuries to other passengers.
“This violence goes against the current momentum aimed at peace and national reconciliation following the conclusions and recommendations of the Bangui Forum and of the agreement signed between the government and armed groups on the cessation of hostilities and on disarmament,” the Mission said.

MINUSCA added it will reinforce the “robust measures” aimed at raising the level of security on this vital route that supplies the CAR.

More than two years of civil war and sectarian violence have displaced thousands of people in CAR amid ongoing clashes between the mainly Muslim Séléka alliance and anti-Balaka militia, which are mostly Christian. The UN estimates about 450,000 people remain displaced inside the country while thousands of others have sought asylum across the borders.