Hundreds of Cameroon soldiers who served in the United Nations mission in Central African Republic have gone on strike in Cameroon's capital for unpaid salaries.

The soldiers on Wednesday marched to the prime minister's office and national assembly. They said they will march to the defense ministry on Thursday. The soldiers, who helped bring order to Central African Republic, say many of them were killed and wounded in the sectarian violence. The soldiers would not say how much pay they are owed.

Cameroon's government spokesman Issa Tchiroma asked the soldiers to go back to their barracks, saying the government understands their sacrifices and is handling the issue.

U.N. peacekeepers have been in Central African Republic since 2014 to try to calm violence between Christians and Muslims that began in 2013.