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March 19, 2014
Peacekeepers seize large weapons cache in C. Africa
Bangui, Central African Republic (AFP) March 17, 2014
African peacekeepers on Monday announced the seizure of a large weapons cache near Bangui airport in the capital of the strife-torn Central African Republic. "This is an important arsenal that would be enough to keep a large part of Bangui under siege," said a source in the MISCA force who asked to remain anonymous. He said Chadian soldiers found the weapons during an operation lasting several hours late last Thursday, acting on a tipoff from local residents. The haul included more than 10, ... read more

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