UN: 108 alleged sexual abuse victims interviewed in CAR

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations says its investigators have interviewed 108 alleged victims of sexual abuse by international peacekeepers in Central African Republic, the “vast majority” of them minors.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric on Thursday called “shocking to the core” a report by a U.S.-based advocacy group that three girls told U.N. staff they allegedly were tied up and forced to have sex with a dog by a French military commander in 2014.

He says the U.N. can’t confirm the report at this point.

France’s U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre calls the allegations “sickening and odious.”

Delattre says French authorities are determined “to shed full light on these grave allegations.”