Central African Republic demonstrators lay corpses in front of U.N. mission

BANGUI (Reuters) – Hundreds of angry demonstrators on Wednesday laid the bodies of at least 16 people killed in clashes in Central African Republic’s capital in front of the mission headquarters of the United Nations, witnesses said.

U.N. peacekeepers and local security forces have battled armed groups in Bangui’s PK5 neighbourhood – a Muslim enclave of the majority Christian city – since Sunday aiming to dismantle their bases there.

One Rwandan peacekeeper was killed and eight others were wounded in fighting on Tuesday.

The surge in violence coincides with a visit by Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the U.N.’s head of peacekeeping operations, to the country that has been mired in a cycle of ethnic and religious violence since 2013.

The demonstrators, who blame U.N. soldiers for firing on…

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