UN worker kidnapped in C. African Republic, 2 others held

By , on January 21, 2015

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BANGUI, Central African Republic — A United Nations female staffer was kidnapped Tuesday in Central African Republic, according to a U.N. official.

Central African Republic’s anti-Balaka Christian militia abducted the staffer Tuesday morning in Bangui, said the U.N. official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not permitted to speak to the press. A Ugandan colleague who escaped told the U.N. about the kidnapping, he said.

This is the third foreign aid worker kidnapped in Central African Republic this week.

On Monday two workers for a Catholic medical organization, a local and a French woman, were kidnapped, according to their driver. France’s Foreign Ministry confirmed a 67-year-old French woman was kidnapped Monday in Central African Republic.

The kidnappings by the anti-Balaka come after the arrest of their widely feared commander, Rodrigue Ngaibona, on Saturday.

More than 5,000 people have been killed in sectarian violence between Christians and Muslims over the past year.