Attacks in Africa killed 4 South Asian UN peacekeepers

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Three Bangladeshis were killed in a bombing in the Central African Republic, just a week after a Pakistani was slain in the Congo while serving with the UN peacekeeping force.

According to a spokeswoman for the United Nations Organization (UNO), three peacekeepers from Bangladesh were killed in a bomb attack in the Central African Republic (CAR). This comes less than a week after a Pakistani peacekeeper was slain in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Details of the attack

According to statements made by Stephane Dujarric, a spokesperson for United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, on Tuesday, Bangladeshi soldiers serving in the Central African Republic were murdered when their vehicle collided with an explosive device on Monday night.

He further mentioned that another peacekeeper from Bangladesh had been hurt and was currently being treated in a hospital. 

On Friday, a Pakistani peacekeeper was murdered in Congo after an attack on a base in Minembwe, South Kivu, was “suspected to have been carried out by Twirwaneho rebels,” according to the official.

In addition, according to Dujarric, assaults against peacekeepers constitute “war crimes.”

According to him, the Bangladeshis were slain while on patrol approximately four and a half kilometres away from the temporary base of the Central African Republic peacekeeping force in the Ouham-Pende prefecture.

The purpose of the Bangladeshi battalion’s patrol, as stated by the peacekeeping mission, was to provide protection for civilians.

In 2014, a new peacekeeping operation in the Central African Republic was founded, and it was given the name MINUSCA, which is an abbreviation in French for Multidimensional Integrated Mission in CAR. This operation succeeded one that had been established in 2009.

In the Central African Republic, they have been tasked with protecting people and providing support for transition procedures.

MINUSCA (UN Mission)

UN peacekeepers
Image Source: MINUSCA-UN mission

Concerned about the security, humanitarian, human rights, and political crisis in the Central African Republic as well as its implications for the region, the Security Council authorised the deployment of a multidimensional United Nations peacekeeping operation.

MINUSCA – on April 10, 2014, with the protection of civilians as its utmost priority.

This authorization came as a response to the crisis in the Central African Republic and its implications for the region. 

Other initial objectives included providing support for the transition process, facilitating humanitarian aid, promoting and protecting human rights, providing support for justice and the rule of law, and disarming, demobilizing, reintegrating, and repatriating former combatants.

On the day that it was established, MINUSCA took over the responsibilities of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the Central African Republic.

In accordance with the resolution passed in 2014, the International Support Mission in the Central African Republic (MISCA), which was commanded by African countries, handed over its responsibilities to MINUSCA on September 15 of that same year.

It consists of 14,400 personnel, including 1,333 soldiers from Bangladesh. 169 peacekeepers, 10 of whom were from Bangladesh, have lost their lives as a result of the operation.

When their vehicle drove over a landmine in the Central African Republic in January, it claimed the lives of three Bangladeshi peacekeepers who were stationed there.

MONUSCO (UN Mission)

Attacks in Africa killed 4 South Asian UN peacekeepers
Image source: MONUSCO-UN mission

MONUSCO, which stands for Congo Stabilization Mission Organization in French, is a peacekeeping operation in the Congo that was founded in 2010 to replace one that had been in place since 1999.

It is the second peacekeeping operation of the greatest peace with 14,671 personnel, of which 1,929 soldiers are from Pakistan. It is also the largest peacekeeping operation ever.

More than 431 peacekeepers have lost their lives as a result of the operations in the Congo; 31 of those troops were from Pakistan. When their helicopter was forced to land in the Congo in March, six Pakistani peacekeepers were among those who lost their lives.

The peacekeeping operation in the Congo that is known as MONUSCO, an abbreviation derived from the French for Organization Stabilisation Mission in Congo, was established in 2010 to take the place of an earlier mission that had been established in 1999.

With a total of 14,671 individuals, including 1,929 soldiers from Pakistan, it is the second largest operation for maintaining peace in the world.

According to a statement released by MONUSCO, members of the Twirwaneho militia arrived at the United Nations post claiming they wanted to surrender but actually attacked the facility.

According to AfricaNews, the Twirwaneho militia asserts that it is fighting for the rights of the Tutsi population of Banymulenge, which is located in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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