The UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human rights (OHCHR) has officially confirmed Chadian forces fired indiscriminately in an unprovoked attack on unarmed innocents Saturday, killing at least 30 and injuring more than 300 in a predominantly Christian neighborhood of the Central African Republic’s capital city of Bangui. Currently withdrawing from peacekeeping operations in the CAR, ICC and the international community look to call for a full investigation into the motives of the attack and legal retribution for those responsible for the bloodshed.
04/08/2014 Central African Republic (AllAfrica) – The United Nations (UN) accused Chadian soldiers on Friday of carrying out an unprovoked attack when they opened fire in a market in the Central African Republic’s (CAR’s) capital Bangui, killing at least 30 people.
The damning findings came a day after Chad — under fire over the Saturday attack, which left 300 people wounded — angrily announced it was withdrawing from the African peacekeeping force struggling to restore security in the strife-torn state.
An investigation into the attack found the Chadian troops had “opened fire on the population without any provocation,” the UN’s human rights arm spokesman Rupert Colville said.
“As panic-stricken people fled in all directions, the soldiers allegedly continued firing indiscriminately,” he said.
“According to our preliminary findings, at least 30 people were killed as a result of the shooting and over 300 were seriously injured, including children, people with disabilities, pregnant women and the elderly, as these were the people least able to run for their lives.