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MSF: 31 Injured in Central African Republic Fighting

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A medical aid group says at least 31 people were injured Wednesday in the Central African Republic when a local militia clashed with international peacekeepers.

Doctors Without Borders -- also known as Medecins Sans Frontieres [MSF] -- says the fighting flared in the PK5 neighborhood of Bangui, home to about 2,200 Muslims gathered there to avoid sectarian violence.

Reuters news agency says the clash erupted after residents accused the peacekeepers of shooting and killing a man on Tuesday.

Doctors Without Borders says all of the people it treated at Bangui's General Hospital displayed gunshot wounds.

The C.A.R. has endured chronic sectarian violence since the mainly Muslim Seleka rebel coalition toppled the government in March 2013.

Attacks by the largely Christian anti-Balaka militia have prompted hundreds of thousands of Muslims to flee Bangui and other cities, with many crossing into Cameroon and Chad.

French and African Union forces have been largely unable to stop the unrest.

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