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Rwandan troops kill one person, halt lynching in Central African Republic

By Media Coulibaly BANGUI (Reuters) - Rwandan peacekeepers intervened on Sunday to halt a lynching of Muslims, shooting dead one member of a crowd that had killed two Muslims in the capital of Central African Republic, a Rwandan military spokesman said. Residents reported at least nine people killed in inter-religious violence at the weekend.

Clashes in Bangui leave at least 10 dead

A weekend of violence and looting in the Central African capital has left at least 10 people dead, witnesses and a humanitarian official told AFP on Sunday, including two more gruesome lynchings of minority Muslims. Fighting broke out Saturday evening between Christian vigilantes and Muslims in the west of Bangui where many buildings were torched, they said. A resident told AFP that the Muslim killer of a Christian woman was lynched and killed before his body was burned and deposited in front of the local town hall, where it could be seen early Sunday.

Clashes in Bangui leave at least 10 dead

A weekend of violence and looting in the Central African capital has left at least 10 people dead, witnesses and a humanitarian official told AFP on Sunday, including two more gruesome lynchings of minority Muslims. Fighting broke out Saturday evening between Christian vigilantes and Muslims in the west of Bangui where many buildings were torched, they said. A resident told AFP that the Muslim killer of a Christian woman was lynched and killed before his body was burned and deposited in front of the local town hall, where it could be seen early Sunday.

Thousands flee to Cameroon amid C.Africa violence

Nearly 9,000 people, mainly Muslims, have fled to Cameroon in just over a week to escape communal bloodshed in the Central African Republic, the United Nation's refugee agency said Friday. In the past 10 days alone, 8,762 people have crossed into eastern Cameroon from strife-torn Central Africa, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokeswoman Fatoumata Lejeune-Kaba told reporters in Geneva.

Soldiers lynch man at army ceremony in Central African Republic

By Media Coulibaly BANGUI (Reuters) - A group of soldiers in Central African Republic's capital lynched a man on Wednesday whom they suspected of having been a rebel, minutes after hearing the new president promise to restore security at a ceremony to reinstate the divided country's armed forces. Meanwhile Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned that rebels who have fled the capital Bangui in recent weeks are regrouping in the country's northwest where they have launched renewed attacks against civilians.

Killings still rock C.Africa two months after French troops deployed

Two months after French military intervention in the Central African Republic, French troops and African soldiers have largely disarmed Muslim ex-rebels in the capital, but major atrocities prevail. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Tuesday that "at the security level, there are signs of pacification. The African troops are gaining strength. European troops are going to join us."

C.Africa violence 'partly halted': French army chief

The violence in Central Africa has been "partly halted", the head of the French army said Monday, even as reports emerged that at least 75 people had been killed in a single town. France's chief of defence staff Edouard Guillaud said during a visit to the capital Bangui that the process of disarming both sides had begun, and that "the violence has been partly halted".

Fresh killings, gunfire in C.African capital

Sporadic gunfire, loud explosions and street murders shook Central African Republic Wednesday, despite the efforts of African and French peacekeepers, who are awaiting reinforcements from a European force. A brief outburst of automatic gunfire could be heard late morning in the commercial heart of the capital Bangui, causing the local population to flee. It was unclear immediately whether there were casualties from the fighting between opposing Christian and Muslim militias, according to residents.

At least 16 killed as Central African Republic swears in new leader

By Emmanuel Braun and Paul-Marin Ngoupana BANGUI (Reuters) - At least 16 people died in clashes in Central African Republic on Thursday as new interim president Catherine Samba-Panza took office with a plea for militia to lay down their arms to halt the escalating inter-religious violence. Almost one million people, or a quarter of the population of the former French colony, have been displaced by fighting that began when gunmen from the Seleka rebels, most of them Muslims, seized power in a coup in March.

Clashes in Central African Republic as new leader sworn in

By Emmanuel Braun BANGUI (Reuters) - Two people were shot dead in Central African Republic on Thursday in a clash that highlighted the scale of the task facing new interim President Catherine Samba-Panza as she took the oath of office. Witnesses accused French forces of shooting dead one man who was among a group protesting against their lack of protection from attacks by Christian militias.
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