URGENT ¥¥¥ Central African rebels head toward capital: military source

Rebels in Central Africa on Friday were advancing on the capital Bangui after forcing their way through a key checkpoint manned by international forces, a military source told AFP.

The rebels from the Seleka coalition had shot their way through the Damara checkpoint, some 75 kilometres (47 miles) north of the capital, around 1100 GMT, said a source with the Multinational Force of Central Africa (FOMAC) which was manning the roadblock.

"The rebels stormed the checkpoint and passed through... There were shots but no wounded," said the source on condition of anonymity. "They are on the road to Bangui. We're on the highest alert."