Corpses displayed in protest in Central African Republic

BANGUI, Central African Republic — The corpses of 17 civilians were laid out in front of the United Nations peacekeeping offices in Central African Republic’s capital on Wednesday in a furious protest against a new operation against armed groups that has targeted a largely Muslim neighborhood.

The protest came as U.N. peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix was visiting the deeply impoverished nation, which has faced deadly interreligious and intercommunal fighting since 2013. The Red Cross quickly removed the bodies, which had been wrapped in sheets or plastic and laid out on the bare ground. One man’s forehead had a large open wound.

Another four bodies of civilians and four bodies of members of armed…

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