French Troops Begin Operations In Central African Republic

Source: Al Jazeera America

French troops in Central African Republic manned checkpoints in the capital, on Monday and searched for weapons in an operation to disarm rival fighters responsible for hundreds of killings since last week.

Shooting erupted near the Bangui airport after gunmen refused to hand over their weapons. France said it was prepared to use force if fighters rejected calls to disarm or return to barracks.

The plan to seize weaponry comes after the president of CAR, Michel Djotodia, told Al Jazeera that he was not in complete control of his country.

Djotodia said he could not stop armed groups responsible for a wave of killings. Conflict between rival Christian and Muslim factions has left hundreds dead in just a few days.

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