French troops wounded in Central African Republic clash

The French force was caught up in fighting between militias and the country's separate European Union force (EUFOR), which locals had accused of shooting a man dead.

French troops wounded in Central African Republic clash

World Bulletin/News Desk

Three French soldiers were wounded when fighters attacked them with grenades and an anti-tank missile in Central African Republic's capital, the army said, more than a year after a coup plunged the impoverished country into sectarian violence.

Paris said its troops came under fire on Wednesday as they patrolled Bangui's PK-5 neighbourhood, home to about 2,000 Muslims who have braved assaults by Christian militias and resisted pressure to disarm.

The French force was caught up in fighting between militias and the country's separate European Union force (EUFOR), which locals had accused of shooting a man dead.

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement said on Wednesday one of its volunteers, Bienvenu Bandios, was shot dead while evacuating casualties from PK-5.

Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said its team in the General Hospital had received 31 people injured from gunshot wounds.

The French army said the lives of the three soldiers were not in danger "but two were evacuated back to France. The situation in Bangui is now calm but tense."

About 2,000 French and 6,000 African Union peacekeepers have been deployed but they have struggled to help a weak transitional government stamp its authority on the mineral-rich country. A 12,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping force is due to start deploying next month.

Last Mod: 21 Ağustos 2014, 15:22
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