3 UN peacekeepers killed in Central African Republic

The spokesman for the United Nations secretary-general says three peacekeepers from Burundi were killed and two others wounded in Central African Republic in attacks Friday by armed combatants

BANGUI, Central African Republic -- Three peacekeepers from Burundi were killed and two others wounded in Central African Republic in attacks Friday by armed combatants, the spokesman for the United Nations secretary-general said.

Attacks against peacekeepers may constitute a war crime, the statement said, calling on authorities in Central African Republic to investigate the “heinous attacks and swiftly bring perpetrators to justice.”

The U.N. retook the town of Bambari earlier this week from rebels who had seized it Tuesday.

Rwanda, which has peacekeepers in the country, and Russia have sent in hundreds of troops to support the government as rebels advance on the capital, Bangui.

The government and international bodies are calling for peace after a February 2019 agreement between the government and 14 rebel groups.