World Bulletin / News Desk
A Burundian peacekeeper has rescued four Muslims before being killed in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic.
According to Benga Anicet, a sergeant in the African peacekeeping force, the four Muslims headed to the land shipping office in Bangui's 200 Villas Quarter to claim their cargo, which was on the way from the port of Douala in Cameroon.
"When they arrived to the office, customs officials noticed that the four Muslims were armed, which left them alarmed," Anicet told Anadolu Agency.
"This also invited the attention of scores of other people who hurried to the place to kill the four armed men," Anicet added.
According to Anicent, a Burundian soldier intervened to save the lives of the four Muslims.
However, the cargo of the four men, which contained some mobile phones, was looted, the sergeant said, adding that the attackers also set their car alight.
The mineral-rich Central African Republic descended into anarchy one year ago when seleka rebels – said to be mostly Muslim – ousted Christian president Francois Bozize, who had come to power in a 2003 coup.
The rebels later installed Michel Djotodia, a Muslim, as interim president.
Anti-Muslim violence has escalated since January, when Catherine Samba-Panza, a Christian, was elected interim president.
According to the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR), more than 173,000 people have been internally displaced while another 37,000 have fled the county.
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