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Central African Republic Airport Captured

Insurgents loyal to a former army chief captured the Central African Republic’s airport, large swathes of its capital and several presidential residences on Saturday while the president was out of the country. Intense artillery and smaller arms fire began around 3:15 p.m. local time as the rebels entered the capital, Bangui, from the north. The fighters identified themselves to residents as loyalists of former Army chief Francois Bozize, whose forces narrowly failed to capture the capital during fighting in October. Shooting also started at the nation’s main international airport. The fighters claimed they captured it — a development confirmed by a top official in a 300-strong African security force policing the city. Full Story

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