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Regional Forces Trying to Secure CAR's Capital

The FOMAC regional peacekeeping force is working to secure parts of Central African Republic's capital, Bangui, after clashes erupted between forces of the interim president and gunmen loyal to ousted President Francois Bozize.

The unrest began late Tuesday after Seleka fighters launched a weapons search operation in a northern section of the capital to disarm Bozize supporters.

Michel Djotodia, sworn in as interim president Sunday, led a Seleka rebel coalition that overthrew Mr. Bozize earlier this year.

Seleka launched the disarmament operation because heavy weapons fire had been heard in the area on Saturday.

A FOMAC commander told VOA on Wednesday that his troops are trying to secure neighborhoods so that residents can return.

Seleka overthrew the previous government, saying it had not held up its end of a 2007 peace agreement.

Meanwhile, Cameroon has closed its border with C.A.R. after an altercation between Seleka fighters and Cameroonian forces led to the death of a Cameroonian police official.

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