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13 South African troops killed in Central African Republic

JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s president says 13 South African soldiers were killed and 27 were wounded in fighting in the Central African Republic.

President Jacob Zuma also said Monday that one soldier is missing.

South African troops came under attack on Saturday in the Central African Republic as rebels advanced on the capital, Bangui. The rebels have overthrown the country’s president and seized the presidential palace.

South Africa had deployed several hundred soldiers to the Central African Republic to assist national forces there.

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