UN boss sends condolences to Rwanda over peacekeepers’ killing in CAR

Rwandan Peacekeepers have been serving in the Central African Republic Since 2013

Rwandan Peacekeepers have been serving in the Central African Republic Since 2013

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has sent his condolences to Rwandan families who lost their beloved ones in an incident where a Rwandan peacekeeper shot and killed four fellow Rwandan peacekeepers in Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR) over the weekend.

A Rwandan soldier whose name has not been released, shot and killed four fellow Rwandan peacekeeping troops before turning the gun on himself. Eight other peacekeepers were injured in the attack.

The five dead Rwandan peacekeepers were serving in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA)

“The Secretary-General offers his deepest condolences to the bereaved families and to the Government and people of Rwanda. He wishes a speedy recovery to the injured” Moon said in statement.

The Rwandan Defense Forces (RDF) Spokesman Brig. Gen. Joseph Nzabamwita said “We suspect terrorism without ruling out mental illness to be the cause.”

The UN statement said that a full investigation into the circumstances of this incident in which eight additional peacekeepers were wounded is ongoing, but so far 15 countries at the UN Security Council have condemned the incident calling for investigation into the cause.

“Five of the eight injured peacekeepers have since been evacuated to Nakasero Hospital, in Kampala, Uganda, a UN Level three Hospital for further treatment; while three other soldiers who did not incur serious injuries continue to receive medical treatment at the MINUSCA Level two Hospital in Bangui” RDF spokesman revealed

Rwandan peacekeeping troops have been in the Central African nation since 2013 when turmoil broke out following Muslim Seleka rebels’ takeover of power.

The “unfortunate” incident may taint Rwanda’s stellar peacekeeping record, observers say.