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UN evacuates 100 Muslims from C. Africa capital

The United Nations has evacuated almost 100 Muslims from the capital of the crisis-torn Central African Republic to "save their lives", according to officials. Supported by staff from the UN's refugee agency, 93 Muslims were transported east from Bangui to the town of Bambari, according to El Hadj Abacar ben Ousmane, senior official in the town some 300 kilometres (185 miles) from the capital. Sectarian violence in the former French colony has killed thousands in the last year.

French troops in Central African Republic escort Muslims to safety

By Emmanuel Braun BAMBARI, Central African Republic (Reuters) - French peacekeepers in Central African Republic escorted a convoy of Muslims away from the threat of violence in the capital on Monday to a town effectively controlled by Muslim rebels. A Reuters witness said 102 Muslims guarded by 150 French troops, supported by a helicopter patrolling overhead, left the northern suburb of PK-12 on Sunday in trucks for Bambari, about 300 km (190 miles) northeast of the capital.

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.
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