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UN employee kidnapped in capital of Central African Republic: Source

Armed men kidnapped a female UN employee in the capital of the strife-torn Central African Republic on Tuesday, a day after two aid workers were seized, said a source with the UN force.

The gunmen, who appeared to be linked to the mainly Christian militia known as the anti-balaka, seized the woman from a van taking UN staffers to work in Bangui, the source with the UN’s Minusca force in the country said on condition of anonymity.

“The kidnappers first wanted to put her on a motorcycle, but she resisted,” the source said. “They then forced her into a taxi which took off in the direction” of a neighbourhood in which the Christian militia is active.

The woman was said to be an expatriate, but her nationality was not immediately clear.

On Monday, a 67-year-old French woman and a local man were kidnapped in central Bangui, reportedly by anti-balaka militia who are angry at the arrest of one of their leaders by UN peacekeepers on Saturday.

Rodrigue Nagibona, alias General Andjilo, who was accused of masterminding a massacre of some 300 minority Muslims in Dec 2013 and who had been on the run for several months, was detained in the country’s northwest.


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