April 17, 2016: Killing of peacekeeper in the CAR

On April 17, 2016 a peacekeeper with the UN’s MINUSCA was killed in an attack carried out by the Lord’s Resistance Army in the Central African Republic

RAFAI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC – Some terrorist groups have really, really dumb names.

Pity the peacekeeper. Whether we are talking about the UN’s ‘blue helmets‘, often sent into areas that are really dangerous, or marriage counsellors seeking to keep couples together, this is very, very difficult work. A lot has gone wrong well before we send these brave people into ‘battle‘ to try to prevent them from getting worse.

Do I need a blue helmet to do this job? (Photo: Marlin Keesler on Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

On occasion, these individuals pay with their lives.

On this day in 2016

A member of the UN’s MINUSCA (UN Mission in the Central African RepublicCAR) was killed in an attack carried out by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) near Rafai in the African nation. The peacekeeper was killed as his group was investigating an earlier incident also involving the LRA.

The secretary-general reiterates that attacks against those who are working towards peace and security in the Central African Republic are unacceptable. 

UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon

These kinds of fatal attacks happen with alarming frequency, especially in Africa. The terrorist groups behind them vary, although most are of the Islamist variety. Still, the ‘Lord’s Resistance Army‘?? What kind of a name is that? A dumb one, that’s what (check out the Borealis video ‘Top Ten Worst Terrorist Group Names‘).

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By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

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