UN Mission Reports Increased Use of Explosive Devices in Central African Republic

New tactic by rebel group is to prevent peacekeepers, CAR forces from carrying out mandate: UN official

The agency documented increasing incidents involving explosive devices since mid-April 2021, particularly in the western Central African Republic, an area where conflict has intensified.

It also noted in a recent report that 1,000 people fled to neighboring Cameroon, fearing for their lives after an IED exploded in a village in May, adding that between January and November, nearly 40 IED incidents killed 23 civilians, including children, and injured 29 others in Nana-Mambere, Mambere-Kadei, Ouham-Pende and Ouaka in the west.

The Central African Republic has been in crisis since 2013 when a coalition of armed groups known as the Seleka seized the capital of Bangui. The emergence of various armed groups has since caused instability in the country.


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