The corpses of 17 people were laid out in front of the United Nations peacekeeping 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 Red Cross 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, Bangui.
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.
The UN peacekeeping 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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