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Hemmed in by hate, last Muslims in C.Africa capital pray for escape

Hundreds of Muslims, among the last remaining in the Central African Republic's capital after months of brutal sectarian violence, are trapped in a slum desperately hoping to be saved from militia attacks. Some 1,300 refugees are thought to be holed up in the PK-12 neighbourhood -- an area 12 kilometres outside the capital Bangui -- having fled from all corners of the conflict-ravaged country.

At least 13 killed in Central African Republic as rebels, militia clash

BANGUI (Reuters) - At least 13 people were killed when Christian militia forces attacked a town held by Muslim Seleka rebels in a rural area of Central African Republic, residents said on Thursday. The clashes in Dekoa took place on Tuesday two days before an expected U.N. Security Council vote to create a nearly 12,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping force which will take over from African troops from mid-September.

Central Africa clashes kill 30, 'mainly civilians'

At least 30 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in fighting between mainly Christian militia and predominantly Muslim rebels in the strife-torn Central African Republic, police said Wednesday. The victims, "the majority of them civilians" caught in the crossfire, died during clashes Tuesday that also left more than 10 people wounded in the central town of Dekoa, police said.

Central Africa clashes kill 30, 'mainly civilians'

At least 30 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in fighting between mainly Christian militia and predominantly Muslim rebels in the strife-torn Central African Republic, police said Wednesday. The victims, "the majority of them civilians" caught in the crossfire, died during clashes Tuesday that also left more than 10 people wounded in the central town of Dekoa, police said.

Toll in Chad troop killings in C.Africa rises to 24

At least 24 people have been killed and another 100 seriously injured by Chadian soldiers sent to repatriate their compatriots from the Central African Republic, according to figures released on Sunday evening. "There are already 24 bodies identified and collected and more than 100 people seriously injured," Odette Dombolo, the mayor of Begoua, a suburb of the capital Bangui, told reporters. Previously it was claimed eight people had been killed. acp/dh/gk

Ten dead as Chadian troops open fire on Bangui civilians - officials

BANGUI (Reuters) - At least 10 people were killed and dozens wounded when Chadian troops opened fire on civilians in Central African Republic's capital Bangui, officials said on Sunday. The troops were driving into the city, scarred by religious conflict over the past year, to escort a convoy of Muslims back to Chad, having earlier crossed the countries' border some 500 km (300 miles) to the north in about 15 army vehicles.

EU ready to deploy delayed C.Africa peacekeeping mission

The European Union on Saturday signalled that it is ready to deploy its delayed peacekeeping force to help put down the escalating crisis in Central African Republic, after obtaining additional backing for the mission. The troops were due to deploy last week, but there were insufficient soldiers for the mission and not enough aircraft at hand to transport them.

20 killed in grenade attack on C.Africa funeral service

At least 20 people died when extremists threw hand grenades at a crowd of mourners during a funeral service in the Central African Republic capital Bangui overnight, the government said on Friday. "Around 11:00 pm (Thursday) a group of extremists, well known to the police, threw hand grenades at a crowd that was attending a wake," Public Security Minister Denis Wangao Kizimale told national radio. "At least 20 people were killed and 11 others wounded and are currently undergoing treatment in hospital," he added.

EU's Ashton 'alarmed' by escalating violence in Bangui

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Thursday sounded a strong note of alarm over the escalation of violence in recent days in the capital of the Central African Republic. "I am alarmed by the deteriorating situation in Bangui and the escalation of violence there since March 22," she said. Attacks against foreign peacekeepers seeking to stem inter-religious strife were "unacceptable", she said in a statement.

C.Africa peacekeepers declare war on 'anti-balaka' vigilantes

Peacekeepers in the Central African Republic declared war on the majority-Christian vigilante known as "anti-balaka" on Wednesday as the UN warned the militia had crossed a red line by attacking international troops. The head of the MISCA African force blamed the groups for a series of attacks on peacekeepers in the former French colony, and said they would be treated as "enemies". "From now on, we consider the anti-balaka as enemies of MISCA," Congolese General Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko said in remarks carried by a private radio station. "And we will treat them as such."
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