Four killed in Christian-Muslim clashes in C.African Republic’s capital



 


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Heavy weapons fire
rang out in the north of Central African Republic’s capital Bangui on Monday
during inter-religious clashes and the Red Cross said at least four people were
killed.

French and African
troops have struggled to contain violence between Muslim Seleka rebels and
Christian militias that has already killed 1,000 people this month and
displaced hundreds of thousands.
“There was
heavy weapons fire north of Bangui for a few hours and several neighbourhoods
were affected,” Amy Martin, head of the U.N.

Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Bangui told Reuters.
A Reuters reporter
in the capital reported shell explosions and mortar fire but it had stopped by
late morning.
Heavy arms fire was
reported in Bangui during a two-day surge in violence which began on Dec. 5 but
shooting in recent days has been limited to sporadic small arms fire.
“In the area
(of the clashes) there were four bodies but I’m sure there will be more,”
Red Cross President Pastor Antoine Mbao Bogo told Reuters on Monday, adding
that four other bodies were found in other parts of the capital.
Guy-Simplice
Kodegue, spokesman for interim President Michel Djotodia, said earlier that new
fighting was between government forces and members of the Christian militia,
known as anti-balaka after the local Sango language word for machete.
He did not say
whether there had been any casualties.
A local resident
who didn’t wish to be named said a group of around 40 men armed with
Kalashnikov rifles marched through northern Bangui on Monday, despite
French-led efforts to disarm the population.
Another resident in
a north Bangui neighbourhood, Flavier Koma, said Seleka forces began a
door-to-door hunt for anti-balaka fighters after the morning clashes.
The country’s
Christian majority has complained of waves of looting and killing by Djotodia’s
loose band of militias who seized power in March with the aid of fighters from
Chad and Sudan.
Violence
intensified in early December after Christian militias launched reprisal
attacks on Seleka forces, raising fears of generalised conflict in the country.
The number of
internally displaced has swollen to more than 800,000 with the mounting
violence, more than 100,000 of thenm are sheltering in a makeshift camp at Bangui
airport.
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Heavy weapons fire rang out in the north of Central African Republic’s capital Bangui on Monday during
inter-religious clashes and the Red Cross said at least four people were killed.
French and African troops have struggled to contain violence between
Muslim Seleka rebels and Christian militias that has already killed
1,000 people this month and displaced hundreds of thousands.


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“There was heavy weapons fire north of Bangui for a few hours and
several neighbourhoods were affected,” Amy Martin, head of the U.N.
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Bangui told Reuters.
A Reuters reporter in the capital reported shell explosions and mortar fire but it had stopped by late morning.
Heavy arms fire was reported in Bangui during a two-day surge in
violence which began on Dec. 5 but shooting in recent days has been
limited to sporadic small arms fire.
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“In the area (of the clashes) there were four bodies but I’m sure
there will be more,” Red Cross President Pastor Antoine Mbao Bogo told
Reuters on Monday, adding that four other bodies were found in other
parts of the capital.
Guy-Simplice Kodegue, spokesman for interim President Michel
Djotodia, said earlier that new fighting was between government forces
and members of the Christian militia, known as anti-balaka after the
local Sango language word for machete.
He did not say whether there had been any casualties.
A local resident who didn’t wish to be named said a group of around
40 men armed with Kalashnikov rifles marched through northern Bangui on
Monday, despite French-led efforts to disarm the population.
Another resident in a north Bangui neighbourhood, Flavier Koma, said
Seleka forces began a door-to-door hunt for anti-balaka fighters after
the morning clashes.


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The country’s Christian majority has complained of waves of looting
and killing by Djotodia’s loose band of militias who seized power in
March with the aid of fighters from Chad and Sudan.
Violence intensified in early December after Christian militias
launched reprisal attacks on Seleka forces, raising fears of generalised
conflict in the country.


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The number of internally displaced has swollen to more than 800,000
with the mounting violence, more than 100,000 of thenm are sheltering in
a makeshift camp at Bangui airport.


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