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Three Bangladish blue helmets were wounded Friday, two seriously, two seriously, By the explosion of a mine at the passage of their vehicle in the northwestern of the Central African Republic, prey to fighting between rebels and the army, said Saturday a statement from the United Nations Mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA )

For several months, armed groups in the Central African Republic, repulsed with major cities, use guerrilla techniques and explosive gear along the road axes to delay the advanced procurement forces.

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"The three blue helmets were part of a convoy of the Bangladesal contingent that carried out a population protection patrol, on the axis Bouar-Bocaranga", more than 500 km from Bangui, "when the explosion occurred", explains the press release.

"The two serious wounded were transported by helicopter to Bouar to be treated at the Minusca hospital," he continues.

The day before, three Tanzanian peace soldiers were injured, including a seriously, in the explosion of another explosive gear in the west of the country.

The mines are mainly disseminated in the northwestern country by the rebels of the 3R group (return, claim, rehabilitation) - one of the most powerful armed groups - which posed on many strategic axes.

Since August, eight people, including two women and a five-year-old, have been killed because of the mines in this region, according to the Minusca.

The MINUSCA reminds that attacks against blue helmets may constitute war crimes and are subject to prosecution by national and international jurisdictions.

In December 2020, a portion of the armed groups who then occupied more than two-thirds of the country had launched an offensive to prevent the re-election of the President Faustin Archange Touadéra. Alternatively with the support of Russian paramilitaries and Rwandan soldiers, the government has since reclaimed all major cities and repulsed rebels into forests.

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