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Corpses displayed in protest in Central African Republic

AP  |  Bangui 

The corpses of 17 people were laid out in front of the offices in Central African Republic's capital today in a furious protest against a new operation against armed groups that has targeted a largely Muslim neighborhood.

The protest came as UN chief was visiting the deeply impoverished nation, which has faced deadly interreligious and intercommunal fighting since 2013.

The quickly removed the bodies.

The UN said a Rwandan peacekeeper was killed and eight others were wounded Tuesday during "an exchange of fire with armed elements" for several hours in the capital,

The UN said the attack occurred two days after its peacekeepers and local security forces launched a joint operation in the largely Muslim neighborhood of PK5 to arrest and disarm armed criminal groups.

But a statement by Central African Republic's defense said the country's armed forces had not been involved. The urged residents of the capital to remain calm.

The UN chief in a separate statement said the new operation against armed groups was meant to protect the population from "criminal elements.

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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 21:30 IST