Gunmen open fire on U.N. base in C.A.R.

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Unidentified gunmen on Sunday opened fire on a United Nations base in the Central African Republic’s capital, escalating events that saw at least one civilian killed and dozens of people injured, a U.N. spokesman said.

The gunmen fired on a section of the base that houses Egyptian and Jordanian peacekeepers at about 2200GMT, sparking a 30-minute gunfight in which no one was killed or injured.

“We returned fire and sent reinforcements, and calm returned after half an hour,” Reuters quotes a U.N. spokesman Vladimir Monteiro to have said.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack.

The C.A.R. has been dogged by conflict since 2013, as rebel Muslim militia fought rebel Christian fighters.

A UN peacekeeping mission in the country (MINUSCA) has struggled to restore peace since then.

On Sunday, dozens of U.N. peacekeepers, civilians and militia fighters were injured as peacekeepers and domestic security forces moved in to dismantle militia bases in the Muslim PK5 neighbourhood of majority-Christian Bangui.

MINUSCA said PK5 residents had called on it to stamp out armed groups responsible for extortion and attacks on civilians.

It raided the bases of several PK5 groups, made arrests and seized weapons, ammunition and drugs, it said.

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