>> The bodies of at least 16 people killed in clashes in the central African republic were carried through the streets of the capital Bong Gee on Wednesday, and later at the door of the United Nation's mission headquarters. These angry demonstrators claim UN soldiers fired on residents who'd been protesting against a security operation in the capital's Muslim enclave of PK5.
> We don't understand anything anymore. Is this mission about shooting at civilians, or is this another kind of mission? We want an explanation and that is why we are here.>> UN peacekeepers and local security forces have been battling armed groups and PK5 since Sunday. A spokesman for the UN mission denied it's troops have fired at civilians.
>> I mean it's very awkward->> MINUSCA is side by side with the defense and security forces of Central Africa to try and end the activities of criminal groups. The central African republic has been mired in a cycle of religious and ethnic violence since 2013. When, mainly Muslim Séléka rebels ousted president François Bozizé.
That provoked retaliation killings by armed groups drawn largely from Christian communities. In PK5, self styled Muslim self-defense groups sprang up. But the UN mission now accuses them of extortion and violence against civilians. It says random peace keepers came under attack on Tuesday, leading to a four hour fun battle.
The bodies were later removed from the UN mission headquarters by the Red Cross.