Seleka rebels, EUFOR troops clash in CAR; 1 killed

A ceasefire signed by the warring Seleka and anti-Balaka militias has failed to end violence.

Seleka rebels, EUFOR troops clash in CAR; 1 killed

World Bulletin / News Desk

A Muslim man was killed and at least four others injured in ongoing clashes with European Union Force in the Central African Republic (EUFOR- RCA) in Bangui's majority-Muslim KM5 neighborhood, a Muslim spokesman has said.

Ousmane Abakar, spokesman for KM5's Muslims, told Anadolu Agency that European forces claim one of their patrols was attacked by a group of mainly Muslim Seleka rebels late on Tuesday.

He said members of the EUFOR-RCA had opened fire on local residents, leaving one man dead and two others injured.

Abakar added that African Union International Support Mission (MISCA) peacekeepers violently dispersed the Muslims who had carried the body of the slain man to the UN office, leaving two Muslims injured.

He said MISCA had since been trying to mediate an end to the violence between Muslim residents and EUFOR- RCA.

There has been no comment by either the EUFOR-RCA or the Central African army, despite the seemingly precarious nature of the security situation in Bangui.

The land-locked country descended into anarchy last year when Seleka ousted then president Francois Bozize, a Christian who had come to power in a 2003 coup, and installed Michel Djotodia as an interim president.

The country was plagued by tit-for-tat sectarian violence between Seleka fighters and Christian militiamen.

Anti-Muslim violence surged after Djotodia stepped down in January and was replaced by Catherine Samba-Panza, a Christian who formerly served as mayor of the capital Bangui.

Christians, who account for the majority of the country's population, accuse Muslims of supporting Seleka militants blamed for attacking Christian homes, looting property and carrying out summary executions during their brief reign.

A ceasefire signed by the warring parties in Brazzaville, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, on July 23 has failed to end violence.

President Samba-Panza has recently appointed Mahamat Kamoun, a Muslim who had headed up the office of Djotodia, as prime minister.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Ağustos 2014, 16:44
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