Kathmandu: Nepali peacekeepers have saved the bombardment of the Central African Republic’s main city from being captured by insurgents. According to the Military Public Relations and Information Directorate, the rebels were forced to retreat after a contingent of Nepali peacekeepers was deployed there in retaliation after the rebels took control of the city.
It is reported that the government forces managed to take control of the city again with the help of Nepali peacekeepers. Gulma, under the command of Minraj Tiwari, the Ganapati chief of the Ransher battalion of the Nepal Army stationed there, thwarted an insurgent attack on a government army and armed police camp.
A large number of weapons and explosives were seized from the rebel group after the incident. The Nepal Army has stated that all the Nepali peacekeepers involved in the operation are safe. The conflict erupted after former President Francois Boziz was barred from running in Sunday’s general election.
The election has become uncertain as armed insurgency has intensified in recent days. Assessing the situation there, the opposition political parties have requested the government to postpone the election date, expressing concern over the security situation. Insurgents are trying to enter the capital, Bangui, by launching attacks from the north, west and south of the country.
The Military Public Relations and Information Directorate said that the peacekeeping mission was instructing the peacekeepers to assist the government forces in thwarting the insurgents’ efforts. Despite the precarious and sensitive security situation for the election, the Nepal Peacekeepers are working hard to strengthen security to create a safe environment.