10 December 2013

Central African Republic: French Soldiers Killed in CAR Bangui

Photo: Godfrey Byaruhanga/Amnesty International
Jovachi Mongonou, 9, had both legs amputated after he suffered severe shrapnel wounds when Seleka soldiers shelled a church in Bangui in April 2013.

Bangui — Two French soldiers have been killed in combat in the Central African Republic, the French presidency says.

They are the first French soldiers to die since President Hollande deployed 1,600 soldiers to the CAR last week.

A presidency statement said President Francois Hollande "learned with deep sadness" that the two had been killed overnight in the capital Bangui.

The CAR has been in chaos since rebel leader Michel Djotodia ousted President Francois Bozize in March.

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