UN SECY-GEN EXPRESSES CONDOLENCE MOROCCAN PEACEKEEPER KILLED IN CENTRAL AFRICAN REP.

RABAT, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed his solidarity with Morocco following the fatal attack on Moroccan and Cambodian peacekeepers of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

Guterres asked Morocco's Permanent Representative to the UN, Omar Hilaleto, to convey his solidarity and sympathy to King Mohammed VI over the death of the Moroccan peacekeeper. Guterres also expressed his solidarity with Moroccan diplomatic representative in the UN, praising the bravery of Moroccan blue helmets working to maintain peace and security in Africa.

The attack occurred Monday evening while the convoy carrying Moroccan and Cambodian peacekeepers was ambushed while returning to their base near the town of Bria. The fatal ambush left one Moroccan and three Cambodian peacekeeping soldiers dead and seven Moroccans injured.

The soldiers were part of an engineering unit assisting in the construction of roads, bridges and other infrastructure. A fourth soldier, whose nationality has not been identified by MINUSCA, is still missing.

The MINUSCA, which was established in 2014 in response to the country's ongoing civil war, has deployed more than 12,000 troops to protect civilians from the repercussions of violence between Christian and Muslim sects in the CAR.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK