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Gabon to deploy 450 peacekeepers to join MINUSCA in CAR


Some 450 Gabonese soldiers ended training with French soldiers in Libreville on Friday prior to their deployment in the Central African Republic where they will be involved in the peacekeeping mission activities under the MINUSCA umbrella.

The MINUSCA is a UN force deployed in the CAR for a peace stabilization mission following the almost chronic political instability in the central African country.

A statement released by the French military base in Gabon said the soldiers had taken part in a two week refresher training to master the skills required for participation in UN missions such as general tactics, operation of a command post, the law of armed conflict, tactical movement and combat shooting.

The Gabonese battalion consists of three companies of soldiers from the Army and the Air Force and will be deployed before the end of this month.

Their first mission will be to take over who duties from their comrades who have been stationed in CAR for the last one to two years.

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