Three killed in U.N. helicopter crash in Central African Republic


Three United Nations peacekeepers have died with a fourth person severely injured after a helicopter crashed in the west of the Central African Republic (CAR)

Mankeur Ndiaye, head of the UN mission to the country (MINUSCA) confirmed that the Senegalese combat chopper was landing in the western town of Bouar, not far from the Cameroon border.

The personnel were providing air support to an ongoing MINUSCA security operation in Nana-Mabere province, before they were reportedly forced to make an emergency landing due to bad weather, the mission said.

MINUSCA has more than 12,000 uniformed personnel trying to restore stability to Central African Republic, where mainly Muslim Selaka rebels overthrew the president in 2013, prompting reprisals from mostly Christian militia.


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