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2 peacekeepers wounded in Central African Republic

March 24, 2014

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — The regional peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic says two of its soldiers were wounded in weekend fighting.

Maj. Flavien Mulume, the acting commander of the Congolese contingent, said Monday that two Rwandan peacekeepers were wounded by Christian militiamen.

Fighting erupted in the capital, Bangui, on Sunday between peacekeepers and the militiamen known as anti-Balaka who say they are trying to provide security in the city.

The anti-Balaka began as a self-defense militia but has morphed into gangs of youths who have slaughtered Muslim civilians suspected of collaborating with rebels.

On Monday, angry youths set up barricades to block peacekeepers from entering one neighborhood.

Monday marks the one-year anniversary of the invasion of Muslim rebels into Bangui, which unleashed unprecedented chaos in this long-impoverished country.

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