Central African Muslims pelt French chopper with stones

Muslims have repeatedly accused the 1,600 French troops of failing to disarm the Christians anti-balaka militants

Central African Muslims pelt French chopper with stones

World Bulletin/News Desk

Hundreds of Central African Muslims on Sunday tried to inflict damage on a French military helicopter flying over the northwestern city of Ndele, a local priest said.

The Muslims had taken to the streets to protest the French killing of four alleged seleka fighters in Ndele, about 600 kilometers north of the capital Bangui, a day earlier.

The angry demonstrators pelted an avalanche of stones at a French helicopter flying overhead, Eddy Manda, the local priest, told Anadolu Agency.

The four Muslim men were killed on Saturday during an operation by the French troops to disarm militants.

Muslims have repeatedly accused the 1,600 French troops of failing to disarm the Christians anti-balaka militants who have been blamed for countless atrocities against Muslim civilians in recent weeks.

The Central African Republic had descended into anarchy in March 2013 when Seleka rebels removed Francois Bozize, a Christian who had come to power in a 2003 coup. The rebels later installed Michel Djotodia, a Muslim, as interim president.

For month, the country was plagued by tit-for-tat sectarian violence between Christian anti-balaka militias and former seleka fighters.

But anti-Muslim violence has escalated since Catherine Samba-Panza, a Christian, was elected interim president in January.

 

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