RWANDAN TROOPS DEPLOY TO CENTRAL AFRICA REPUBLIC

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KIGALI: Rwandan troops flew on United States (US) military aircraft to the Central African Republic (CAR) on Thursday as part of an African Union (AU) mission to the war-torn nation. Rwanda army chief Patrick Nyamvumba saluted the first batch of a total 850 soldiers who Kigali is sending to troubled CAR, as they boarded a US airplane. The AU force known as MISCA, which currently has 4,400 soldiers but is meant to be reinforced up to 6,000, struggled to contain the country’s descent into a sectarian bloodbath after a rebel coalition called Seleka installed its leader, Michel Djotodia, as the majority-Christian country’s first Muslim president in March.

AFP

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