Cambodia to stay in CAR following peacekeeper deaths

Phnom Penh pledges to fulfil mission despite killing of 4 soldiers in Central African Republic

Cambodia to stay in CAR following peacekeeper deaths

World Bulletin / News Desk

Cambodian troops will complete their peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) despite the killing of four soldiers, the Defense Ministry said Wednesday.

Late Tuesday the UN mission confirmed the deaths of three more Cambodian soldiers after earlier saying a soldier from the country had died in an ambush.

“We will still stay,” Defense Ministry spokesman Chhum Socheat told Anadolu Agency. “We have a commitment to stay to fulfil our mission. We are not scared of anything.”

The military engineers were in CAR to clear landmines and help with road construction.

“We are not fighters,” Socheat said. “We are a peacekeeping force, so we just request to the UN to support our security, otherwise we cannot do anything over there. It’s for a humanitarian mission.”

The engineers were travelling with Moroccan troops on Monday to repair a road when they were attacked near Bangassou, about 470 kilometers (290 miles) east of capital Bangui.

“When we arrived near our camp at night time, [the attackers] opened fire on us,” Socheat said.

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