AU troops fire on protesters in CAR, one dead

2013-12-23 10:29
Hundreds of residents of a mainly Muslim district of Bangui, Central African Republic march through the town centre to protest France's military presence. (Rebecca Blackwell, AP)

Hundreds of residents of a mainly Muslim district of Bangui, Central African Republic march through the town centre to protest France's military presence. (Rebecca Blackwell, AP)

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Bangui - African Union troops early on Monday fired on demonstrators protesting against the president of the strife-torn Central African Republic, killing at least one person, according to AFP reporters on the scene.

Several hundred Christian demonstrators crowded at the entrance to the airport in Bangui, calling for the departure of President Michel Djotodia, who became the first Muslim leader of the majority Christian nation after a March coup that unleashed waves of violence in the country.

Two 4X4 vehicles with AU troops charged toward the protesters, shooting in the air and toward the crowd. At least one person was killed and another wounded.

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