Hostages freed from mosque in Central African Republic

"The blood of peacekeepers and the blood of innocent Central Africans will not fall in vain in this country", he said.

Over the past week the Christian militias have "attacked civilian populations, targeting in particular Muslims" during the assault in Bangassou, which borders the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), MINUSCA said.

Radio France International, citing a local source, said hundreds of fighters had taken part in the attacks this weekend and had killed at least 30 people.

The assailants attacked civilian populations overnight on Friday and Saturday in the Tokyo neighbourhood of Bangassou, in south-eastern auto, according to MINUSCA.

Militia fighters from the Central African Republic's (CAR) Christian minority attacked a United Nations base for the second consecutive night, a United Nations official said on Sunday, after a week of violence that has killed six peacekeepers at the southeastern border.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres expressed outrage at the attack on the 13 000-strong UN peacekeeping mission which had previously killed six peacekeepers in Bangassou, an area which had previously been spared from the conflict.

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Spain reiterates its support for the Central African Republic, the United Nations, MINUSCA and other global actors in their efforts to consolidate peace in the African country.

"The MINUSCA base was targeted by gunfire at night and the soldiers returned fire", a statement in French said.

A spokesman for the United Nations mission said the situation is extremely deplorable and they are doing everything to rapidly retake control of Bangassou. It can not yet determine a civilian death toll.

UN Humanitarian Coordinator in CAR, Najat Rochdi, said around 1000 people in the town had sought refuge from attacks inside and then found themselves trapped there by the militias. The attack also claimed the lives of several civilians.

Vehicle is emerging from civil conflict which began in 2013, with clashes between the mainly Muslim Séléka rebel coalition and anti-Balaka militia, which are mostly Christian. Five U.N. peacekeepers were killed in May 8 attacks near Bangassou.

  • Sonia Alvarado