2 Muslim men slaughtered in C. African Republic; French peacekeepers fire warning shots

Witnesses say at least two Muslim men were slaughtered with machetes on the streets of Central African Republic's capital as peacekeeping forces failed to stop the killings.

An Associated Press journalist at the scene on Wednesday said that French forces fired warning shots into the air as the one of the men was attacked but did not intervene further.

Bystanders later gathered around to photograph the victims in the Miskine district of the capital.

Some 1,600 French troops and nearly 5,000 African peacekeepers are trying to stop the violence and stabilize Central African Republic. U.N. officials have warned the country is on the brink of genocide.

Muslim civilians have been targeted by those who accuse them of collaborating with the deeply unpopular Muslim rebels who seized power last year.