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The United Nations is asking Mauritania to investigate allegations that Mauritanians serving in the UN peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic sexually abused at least three children under 18.

The UN said on Friday it has detained a suspect after its own preliminary inquiry. The allegations are the latest in a series of sexual misconduct claims which have ensnared UN missions in CAR and beyond.

The UN is now asking Mauritania to investigate. Countries that contribute peacekeeping troops are responsible for taking action if allegations are substantiated.

Mauritania’s UN mission didn’t immediately respond to request for comment.

UN officials say the abuse allegedly happened in southern CAR on various occasions earlier this year. A top UN representative there learned about the accusations on September 24.

The UN wouldn’t divulge more specifics.

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