Four Médecins Sans Frontières aid workers detained in the Central African Republic for almost a week following a raid by security forces on an MSF hospital in the capital Bangui, the NGO said on Friday.
On 14 December, four employees, including one international and three local, were arrested without explanation after heavily armed security agents searched the premises of a surgical trauma center run by MSF.
One of the workers is said to be detained on the premises of the state intelligence agency and the other three are believed to be at the national crime-fighting office, MSF said.
The NGO, which manages 13 medical programs in CAR, has suspended non-emergency activities at the trauma center.
CAR has been in chaos since 2013, the year in which the ex-SELECA rebels, mainly Muslims, ousted President Bozizé from power, provoking a brutal reaction from Christian militias.
Despite Touadera’s election in 2016, the country remains mired in political instability and inter-community violence.