Three more Muslims lynched in Central African Republic

Three Muslims were killed with bladed weapons in the capital of the Central African Republic.

Three more Muslims lynched in Central African Republic
World Bulletin / News Desk

Three Muslims were killed with bladed weapons in a main market in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), on Saturday, according to eyewitnesses.

The three men had taken a taxi to M'poko military base near Bangui airport when the driver suddenly pull over and informed on them to a nearby mob of Christians.

They were dragged out of the cab and hacked to death with bladed weapons.

The Christian mob immediately fled the scene with the arrival of a Cameroonian contingent serving as part of the African peacekeeping force, MISKA.

CAR descended into anarchy in March 2013 when Seleka rebels – said to be mostly Muslim – ousted Francois Bozize, a Christian, who had come to power in a 2003 coup. The rebels later installed Michel Djotodia, a Muslim, as interim president.

In the months since, the country has been plagued by tit-for-tat sectarian violence between Christian anti-balaka militias and former seleka fighters.

Violence against Muslims has intensified since Catherine Samba-Panza, a Christian, was elected interim president in January.

Machete-wielding Christian militiamen now roam the Bangui suburbs, often erecting illegal checkpoints in order to identify and lynch Muslims.

A number of Muslims have recently been lynched in broad daylight and their bodies set on fire.

Several mosques in Bangui, too, have been destroyed and scores of Muslim homes looted.

Christians, who constitute the majority of CAR's population, accuse Muslims of supporting former seleka rebels blamed for attacking Christian homes, looting property and carrying out summary executions.

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