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African soldiers help 1,000 Muslims flee CAfrica to Chad

African peacekeepers escorted more than 1,000 minority Muslims fleeing attacks by mainly Christian militias in the Central African Republic to neighbouring Chad, police told AFP on Saturday. "Not a single Muslim remains in Bossangoa," a police source said, referring to a northwestern town, adding that they left for Chad on Thursday. The refugees had gathered at a Koranic school and the Catholic Church's premises in Bossangoa, fearing for their lives if they stayed on in the town, he said.

Mob lynches Muslim in convoy fleeing strife-torn C. African capital

A mob lynched a Muslim on Friday after he fell off a crowded lorry taking frightened civilians out of the strife-torn capital of the Central African Republic, witnesses said. A large convoy of lorries and taxis packed with Muslims fleeing Christian vigilantes headed north from Bangui under a slew of insults from angry residents, locals said. The mob set on the victim after he fell off one of the lorries and hacked to pieces his body, which still lay by the side of the road by late morning, an AFP photographer saw.

After surrendering, C. African fighters flee in the night

Around 200 fighters in the strife-torn Central African Republic who surrendered to African Union troops at the weekend in a key northern town have fled, a military source said Sunday. "Unfortunately they fled in the night. They've gone to Kaga Bandoro," an officer in the AU force known as MISCA told AFP. Kaga Bandoro is some 160 kilometres (100 miles) north of Sibut, the town that former members of the mainly Muslim Seleka rebellion seized last week -- causing terrified residents to flee -- before MISCA troops recaptured it on Saturday.

Central African Republic town retaken by international forces

By Paul-Marin Ngoupana BANGUI (Reuters) - International forces in the Central African Republic have retaken a strategic town occupied for days by Muslim Seleka fighters, witnesses said on Sunday. The fighters agreed to quit the central town of Sibut peacefully following talks with French troops from Operation Sangaris and African MISCA peacekeeping forces.

Peacekeepers recapture rebel-held Central African town

Peacekeepers in the Central African Republic said Saturday they had recaptured the key town of Sibut from rebel fighters, while their mission received pledges of $132 million dollars from African countries. The commander of the African Union force told state radio his troops had taken control of the town from former members of the mainly Muslim Seleka rebellion, leaders of a March 2013 coup that plunged the country in chaos.

Peacekeepers recapture rebel-held C. African town

Peacekeepers in the Central African Republic said Saturday they had recaptured the key town of Sibut from rebel fighters, as regional leaders sought urgent solutions to the crisis engulfing the country. The commander of the African Union force told state radio his troops had taken control of the town from former members of the mainly Muslim Seleka rebellion, leaders of a March 2013 coup that plunged the country in chaos.

Peacekeepers recapture rebel-held C. African town

Peacekeepers in the Central African Republic said Saturday they had recaptured the key town of Sibut from rebel fighters, as regional leaders sought urgent solutions to the crisis engulfing the country. The commander of the African Union force told state radio his troops had taken control of the town from former members of the mainly Muslim Seleka rebellion, leaders of a March 2013 coup that plunged the country in chaos.

30 killed in capital in three days as C.Africa violence spreads

An "unprecedented level of violence" in the Central African Republic capital has left 30 dead in three days, the Red Cross said Friday, as French troops converged on a rebel-held northern town. French military aircraft hovered over the strategic town of Sibut, 180 kilometres (110 miles) north of the capital Bangui, which was seized by ex-Seleka rebels on Thursday, prompting African troops and hundreds of frightened residents to flee.

30 killed in capital in three days as C.Africa violence spreads

An "unprecedented level of violence" in the Central African Republic capital has left 30 dead in three days, the Red Cross said Friday, as French troops converged on a rebel-held northern town. French military aircraft hovered over the town of Sibut, 180 km (110 miles) north of Bangui, which was seized by ex-Seleka rebels on Thursday, prompting African troops and hundreds of frightened residents to flee.

Hiding in the bush after C.Africa rebel attack

When a heavily-armed convoy of former Seleka rebels zeroed in on his Central African town, Albert took his children and his livestock and fled into the bush. Like the majority of the residents of Sibut, a strategic town linking the capital Bangui, 180 kilometres (110 miles) away, with the north of the country, Albert was not going to stick around for the terror the rebels have wrought across the strife-torn nation.
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