Three UN peacekeepers killed ahead of national elections in the Central African Republic

Three UN peacekeepers have been killed by unidentified fighters in the Central African Republic, the UN said as the country prepares for parliamentary elections and fighting between rebels and government forces continues. The news came after a rebel coalition canceled a ceasefire and said it would march back into the capital and after troops from Russia and Rwanda arrived to consolidate the resource-rich country’s government. . “Three Burundian peacekeepers were killed and two others injured,” it said in a statement Friday after attacks on UN troops and Central African national defense and security forces. The attacks took place in Dekoa in central Kemo Prefecture and in Bakouma in southern Mbomou Prefecture, without providing further details.