BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — A Burundian soldier has been wounded while trying to stop an attack by a Christian militia in Central African Republic's capital.
An Associated Press reporter witnessed the altercation Saturday in Bangui's Benz VI neighborhood. Around a dozen militia members tried to attack a man in the neighborhood who had converted to Islam, then opened fire on six Burundian peacekeeping soldiers who intervened, injuring one.
One militia member was killed. Thousands have died in recent months in Central African Republic, and most of the country's Muslims have fled. The U.N. estimates some 19,000 Muslims remain trapped in places too dangerous to leave them there.
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon visited the country Saturday, vowing not to forget the country which has seen heavy violence since December.