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Chadian troops to leave the capital of the Central African Republic, Bangui

The Spokesman of the African Union peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic, Lt. Colonel Ndong Toutoune, has announced that Chadian troops will be removed from the capital, Bangui, and deployed in the north of the country after their clashes with demonstrators and Burundian peacekeepers. On Monday last week Chadian troops opened fire at Christian demonstrators at the entrance of the international airport who were pelting stones on them and calling for their withdrawal from the country, killing one and wounding 40. Two days later the commander of the Burundian peacekeepers complained that the same soldier had thrown a grenade and also opened fire on his troops. The Burundians responded with fire, wounding three Chadians. The African Union has promised an investigation into the two incidents. The Chadians are the largest contingent of the African peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic, but many people see them as sympathizers of the Seleka rebels who have committed atrocities against the civilian population. Indeed, some of the Seleka troops are Islamic militants from Chad and Sudan and have been attacking Christians and their places of worship, looting, killing people and raping women and children. Meanwhile, the President of the Central African Republic, Michel Djotodia, appealed for peace on Tuesday as Muslims demonstrated against tFrench peacekeepers in Bangui whom they accused of failing to disarm Christian militia groups. Quoting the Bible and the Koran, Mr. Djotodia called for love of one another, respect for each other's rights and also announced a ban on all illegal demonstrations.


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