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Official: African peacekeeper killed in Central African Republic

  • French soldiers lay a wounded man, who had been attacked during a protest, atop a military vehicle as they take him to get medical help, at Mpoko Airport in Bangui, Central African Republic, Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. Hundreds of demonstrators gathered at the entrance to the airport Monday morning carrying signs protesting Chadian forces and expressing support for French troops and other regional African forces. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

    French soldiers lay a wounded man, who had been attacked during a protest, atop a military vehicle as they take him to get medical help, at Mpoko Airport in Bangui, Central African Republic, Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. Hundreds of demonstrators gathered at the entrance to the airport Monday morning carrying signs protesting Chadian forces and expressing support for French troops and other regional African forces. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)  (The Associated Press)

  • A young man reacts after his friend was badly injured by passing Chadian troops, during a protest outside Mpoko Airport in Bangui, Central African Republic, Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. Hundreds of demonstrators gathered at the entrance to the airport Monday morning carrying signs protesting Chadian forces and expressing support for French troops and other regional African forces. At least two people were wounded as pickups of Chadian soldiers sped through the gathered crowd firing off several rounds. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

    A young man reacts after his friend was badly injured by passing Chadian troops, during a protest outside Mpoko Airport in Bangui, Central African Republic, Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. Hundreds of demonstrators gathered at the entrance to the airport Monday morning carrying signs protesting Chadian forces and expressing support for French troops and other regional African forces. At least two people were wounded as pickups of Chadian soldiers sped through the gathered crowd firing off several rounds. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)  (The Associated Press)

  • French soldiers load a wounded man, who had been attacked during a protest, onto the front of a military vehicle as they take him to get medical help, at Mpoko Airport in Bangui, Central African Republic, Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. Hundreds of demonstrators gathered at the entrance to the airport Monday morning carrying signs protesting Chadian forces and expressing support for French troops and other regional African forces. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

    French soldiers load a wounded man, who had been attacked during a protest, onto the front of a military vehicle as they take him to get medical help, at Mpoko Airport in Bangui, Central African Republic, Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. Hundreds of demonstrators gathered at the entrance to the airport Monday morning carrying signs protesting Chadian forces and expressing support for French troops and other regional African forces. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)  (The Associated Press)

A military official says an African Union peacekeeper from the Republic of Congo was killed over the weekend in Central African Republic by a Christian militia trying to overthrow the country's Muslim president.

The official, who was sent to repatriate the body to Congo on Monday, said the soldier was in the remote town of Bossangoa, which has been at the epicenter of the fighting.

He was killed by the anti-balaka militia, which hacked the peacekeeper "with unprecedented barbarity," the official said on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to the media.

The attack underscores how the international force sent to try to pacify the chaotic country is increasingly in peril. It comes after French forces also came under fire.