Four UN peacekeepers wounded in C. Africa ambush

UN peacekeeping soldiers patrol in the Sango area, in Bangui on October 15, 2014 (AFP Photo/) (AFP)

United Nations (United States) (AFP) - Four UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic were wounded Wednesday in an ambush in the capital Bangui, the United Nations said.

Deputy UN spokesman Farhan Haq said Christian "anti-balaka" militias ambushed the UN police patrol in the northwestern part of the city near the airport.

"The peacekeepers returned fire and four were wounded, three by grenade and one by gunfire," he said. "They are currently receiving medical care."

The nationalities of the wounded peacekeepers were not immediately known.

Bangui has been hit in recent days by a wave of deadly violence pitting Christians and Muslims that has left 15 dead, including a Pakistani soldier in the UN mission MINUSCA.

Armed men claiming to be members of the Christian anti-balaka militias set up barricades.