French Troops in CAR Come Under Fire While Trying To Disarm Rebels

Incident described as "insignificant" by officials


French troops operating in the Central African Republic report they came under brief fire Monday as they sought to disarm the country's former rebel fighters, following a recent swell of violence that left hundreds dead.

Military officials say the shootout happened near the airport in the capital Bangui after a group of armed men refused to hand over their weapons.