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Rwandan UN peacekeeper killed in Central African Republic

A Rwandan United Nations peacekeeper was killed and two others injured in a militia ambush on a convoy in northwest Central African Republic on Monday, the UN said.

The attack, in the Nana-Mambéré prefecture, was allegedly carried out by the Return, Reclamation and Rehabilitation (3R) armed group, the UN said in a statement condemning the attack.

Central African Republic has been rocked by violence since 2013, when mainly Muslim Selaka rebels ousted then-president Francois Bozize, prompting reprisals from mostly Christian militias. UN peacekeepers were deployed in 2014.

Violence waned after a peace accord was signed in February 2019 between the government and 14 armed groups including the 3R, following talks in Khartoum.

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