French troops battle Muslim rebels in Central African Republic town

Reuters News
Posted: May 24, 2014 6:10 AM

BAMBARI, Central African Republic (Reuters) - French peacekeeping troops in Central African Republic using helicopter gunships and mortars fought Muslim rebels on Saturday at a bridge in the town of Bambari northeast of the capital Bangui, a Reuters witness said.

Photographer Goran Tomasevic said he saw at least five people injured, four of them fighters of the mostly-Muslim rebel Seleka coalition, who have been resisting attempts by the French forces to disarm them.

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(Reporting by Goran Tomasevic; Editing by Pascal Fletcher)