French army says killed unidentified fighters in Central Africa Republic

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French forces killed unidentified fighters near the airport in Central African Republic’s capital Bangui in clashes early on Thursday before the U.N. green light for the mission, an army spokesman said.

“Armed gunmen in pick-up trucks fired on French positions at the airport yesterday morning,” Gilles Jarron said on Friday. “We fired back. The pick-up was destroyed and the gunmen were killed,” he said.

He could not immediately say how many people were killed.