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Troops in CAR attacked twice in two days

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Portuguese troops serving the United Nations in the Central African Republic were once again involved in “intense armed conflicts” after being called to intervene following an attack on a police station in the centre of Bambari, 400 km from the capital, Bangui on Wednesday afternoon, the Portuguese joint chiefs of staff said on Thursday.

Troops in CAR attacked twice in two days

This was the second armed incident in two days after a Portuguese patrol was attacked by “armed men” on Tuesday also in the centre of Bambari.

Wednesday’s incident occurred on the journey from the Portuguese camp to the location of the incident they were called to. The paratroopers “were received with intense enemy fire from various directions and fought off the members of the armed groups".

"Various Portuguese vehicles were hit and damaged", but there were no injuries among the Portuguese soldiers, the army said in a communiqué.

The fighting lasted for about five hours and the Portuguese troops managed to stop the armed Anti-balaka fighters from entering the city centre.

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