Fight­ing claims 2 French sol­diers

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

Two French sol­diers were killed in overnight fight­ing in the Cen­tral African Repub­lic, France’s first ca­su­al­ties in an op­er­a­tion to re­store sta­bil­ity in its for­mer colony, the French gov­ern­ment said on Tues­day. The coun­try has de­scended into chaos since mainly Mus­lim Seleka rebels seized power in March and em­barked on months of loot­ing, rap­ing and killing. Seleka’s leader, Michel Djo­to­dia, in­stalled as the in­terim pres­i­dent, has lost con­trol of his loose band of fight­ers.

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