France

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

Incident described as "insignificant" by officials

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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.