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Death toll in C. Africa clashes rises to near 40

Almost 40 people were killed in weekend fighting between armed vigilantes and former rebels near Bouar in western Central African Republic, the army said Tuesday, issuing a new toll. "The fighting last Saturday between self-defence militias and ex-rebels killed almost 40 people, including at least 35 in the ranks of the militias, with several wounded," a source close to the general staff said. A previous toll on Sunday said 12 people were killed.

Death toll in C.Africa clashes rises

Twelve people were killed in fierce clashes over the weekend between vigilante groups and former rebels in the western Central African town of Bouar, according to a military source Sunday. The updated death toll came after militias armed with machetes encircled Bouar, a town some 400 kilometres (250 miles) northwest of the capital Bangui on Saturday morning, the same source said on condition of anonymity.

Army retakes C.Africa town after vigilantes attack; four dead

Central African troops seized back control of the western town of Bouar Saturday from hundreds of vigilantes who in recent months have been targeting Muslims, officials said, adding that four people had died in the violence. The vigilantes "surrounded the town early this morning and shots from light and heavy firearms could be heard in several areas of Bouar", an officer told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Army retakes C.Africa town after vigilantes attack

Central African troops seized back control of the western town of Bouar Saturday from hundreds of vigilantes who in recent months have been targeting Muslims, officials said. The vigilantes "surrounded the town early this morning and shots from light and heavy firearms could be heard in several areas of Bouar," the officer told AFP on condition of anonymity. The self-defence groups, who call themselves "anti-balaka" (anti-machete, in the local Sango language), were carrying machetes of their own as well as various other weapons, he said.

Hundreds of vigilantes attack town in Central African Republic

Hundreds of vigilantes armed with machetes and firearms attacked the town of Bouar in western Central African Republic on Saturday, forcing civilians to flee the area, a military source and residents said. Self-defence groups called "Anti-balakas, equipped with weapons of war and machetes surrounded the town early this morning and shots from light and heavy firearms could be heard in several areas of Bouar," the military source said.
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