One killed, dozens wounded in clashes in Central African Republic


BANGUI (Reuters) – At least one civilian was killed and dozens of United Nations peacekeepers, civilians and militia fighters were injured during an operation against armed groups in Central African Republic’s capital on Sunday, a U.N. spokesman said.

Heavy gunfire erupted in Bangui’s PK5 neighborhood – a Muslim enclave in the majority Christian city – at around 2 a.m., (0100 GMT) witnesses said, as peacekeepers and domestic security forces moved in to dismantle militia bases there.

Clashes continued into Sunday morning and smoke rose from the neighborhood as residents fled to safety in other parts of the capital.

“We were sleeping at around 2.15 when we heard heavy and light weapons fire. This morning we saw (U.N.) and Central African soldiers in our alley,” said PK5 resident…

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