Soldiers of the Uganda People's Defence Force (UPDF) patrol in the northerneastern part of the Central African Republic to secure the area from rebel groups' possible attacks, on June 25, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/MICHELE SIBILONI)
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France's defence minister Tuesday urged rival factions in the Central African Republic to reach a truce as peacekeepers reported fresh fighting that left 20 civilians dead in the strife-torn country.Another 25 people were wounded in the attack Monday evening, said the official with the African Union force in the former French colony, who requested anonymity.The Seleka said that in Monday's attack they were targeting Christian vigilantes they believed were sheltering among the civilians and that it was in reprisal for a June 23 attack that killed 17 .Shortly before Le Drian arrived on Monday, several people were killed in attacks by both sides in the centre and north of the country, according to security sources, who said 34 Muslims were wounded by a grenade hurled into a mosque.
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