first published on January 11, 2019 by Will
Portuguese paratroopers acting as United Nations Peacekeepers found themselves in a five-hour gun battle with militants in the Central African Republic (CAR) on Jan. 10, 2019.
According to a report on the official page for the Portuguese Armed Forces, the paratroopers advanced into the town of Bambari’s city center to protect civilians who were under attack from Islamist Ex-Séléka rebels.
The report further indicates that the rebels used heavy weapons and small arms against the local vendors as they stole and extorted goods and collected illegal taxes. The Portuguese paratroopers took zero casualties during the firefight.
Portugal has been committed to the UN’s international peacekeeping effort in the Central African Republic since the beginning of 2017. They currently have 180 soldiers, mostly of the 2nd Parachute Infantry Battalion, forward deployed with several armored vehicles.
The following video is actually of a different battle than the one reported in this article. The footage is from November 2018, but shows the Portuguese paratroopers engaging Ex-Séléka rebels in Bambari.