Central African Republic – eight dead in Bangui as rebel leaders flee

Africa Sustainable Conservation News

Reuters

By Emmanuel Braun

BANGUI Mon Jan 27, 2014

A French peacekeeping soldier holds a confiscated machete in the centre of the capital Bangui January 25, 2014. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola

A French peacekeeping soldier holds a confiscated machete in the centre of the capital Bangui January 25, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/Siegfried Modola

BANGUI (Reuters) – At least eight people were killed in mob violence in Central African Republic’s capital, Bangui, on Sunday as senior officers from the Seleka rebel movement fled the city, according to the country’s Red Cross and a rights group.

Almost 1 million people, or a quarter of the population, have been displaced by fighting that began when the mainly Muslim Seleka rebels seized power in the majority Christian former French colony in March.

Christian self-defence groups, known as “anti-balaka”, or anti-machete, have since taken up arms against them.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned on Sunday that Washington was prepared to impose targeted sanctions against those responsible for the religious-based violence.

The United Nations estimates that more…

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