Three killed in Central African Republic as French troops clash with crowds

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At least three people were killed in the Central African Republic on Thursday as Muslims with machetes and rifles clashed with French peacekeeping troops trying to disarm rebels, a rebel spokesman said.He said the French troops opened fire on a crowd of protesters, killing three civilians and wounding at least six. It was not possible to independently verify his claim.A French military official denied the troops had killed civilians and said they fired warning shots in the air after coming under fire in Bambari, the headquarters of the mostly-Muslim rebel Seleka coalition, which controls the northeast of the country.A Reuters witness saw four people wounded, including one seriously hurt by gunshots that appeared to come from French forces.Following a meeting on Wednesday, the peacekeeping troops had demanded that members of the Seleka hand over weapons.

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