Mobile  |  About us  |  Photos  |  Videos  |  Subscriptions  |  RSS Feeds  |  Today's Paper  |  Classifieds  |  Contact Us
The Daily Star
SATURDAY, 19 APR 2014
03:02 PM Beirut time
Weather    
Beirut
27 °C
Blom Index
BLOM
1,214.01down
International
Follow this story Print RSS Feed ePaper share this
Clashes in C.Africa town kill at least 75: priest
Agence France Presse
French Army Chief of Staff Admiral Edouard Guillaud (L) walks with the commander of the Sangaris operation, General Francisco Soriano (R) on Febuary 3, 2014 at the Mpoko camp in Bangui. AFP PHOTO/ ISSOUF SANOGO
French Army Chief of Staff Admiral Edouard Guillaud (L) walks with the commander of the Sangaris operation, General Francisco Soriano (R) on Febuary 3, 2014 at the Mpoko camp in Bangui. AFP PHOTO/ ISSOUF SANOGO
A+ A-

BANGUI: At least 75 people have been killed in clashes in a town in the strife-torn Central African Republic since Tuesday and the fighting is still going on, a local priest told AFP.

Cassien Kamatari said his parish was sheltering 1,500 people who had fled the violence between Christians and Muslims in the town of Boda, 100 kilometres (60 miles) west of the capital Bangui.

"Heavily-armed Muslims erected barricades at the entrance and exit to the town and launched attacks on Christians, forcing them to flee," he told AFP by telephone on Monday.

"At least 60 people were killed and many others injured, 15 of whom died of their injuries," Kamatari added.

All those victims were Christian, he said. The number of Muslim victims could not be determined because their bodies were buried immediately.

The former French colony descended into chaos last March when a group of mainly Muslim rebels known as the Seleka overthrew the government and installed one of their leaders, Michel Djotodia, as the country's first Muslim president.

The coup unleashed a cycle of inter-religious violence that has raged nearly unabated for 10 months despite the presence of French and African peacekeeping troops.

Around 80 percent of the population is Christian, but it has a significant Muslim minority who live mainly in the north.

Kamatari said the fighting in Boda began after former Seleka rebels who were preparing to leave the area told the local Muslim population to group together so they could defend themselves against possible attack from Christians.

The fighting erupted on Tuesday after the former Seleka left the area.

"Those who have taken refuge in the parish have nothing to eat, they want for everything. While those who are still trapped in their homes are being hounded," said Kamatari.

He said he had appealed for help from the French force in the Central African Republic but so far had no response.

 
Home International
 
     
 
Central African Republic
Advertisement
Comments  

Your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.

Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.

comments powered by Disqus
Story Summary
At least 75 people have been killed in clashes in a town in the strife-torn Central African Republic since Tuesday and the fighting is still going on, a local priest told AFP.

Cassien Kamatari said his parish was sheltering 1,500 people who had fled the violence between Christians and Muslims in the town of Boda, 100 kilometres (60 miles) west of the capital Bangui.

Around 80 percent of the population is Christian, but it has a significant Muslim minority who live mainly in the north.
Related Articles
 
 
African soldiers help 1,000 Muslims flee CAfrica to Chad
 
 
20 killed in grenade attack on C.Africa funeral service
 
 
France says backs evacuation of Muslims in CAR
 
 
UN ready to help evacuate 19,000 Muslims in C.Africa
Entities
Advertisement


Baabda 2014
Advertisement
Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Linked In Follow us on Google+ Subscribe to our Live Feed
Multimedia
Images  
Pictures of the day
A selection of images from around the world- Saturday April 19, 2014
View all view all
Advertisement
Rami G. Khouri
Rami G. Khouri
Why Israeli-Palestinian talks fail
Michael Young
Michael Young
Why confuse gibberish with knowledge?
David Ignatius
David Ignatius
Echoes of 1914 characterize the Ukraine crisis
View all view all
Advertisement
cartoon
 
Click to View Articles
 
 
News
Business
Opinion
Sports
Culture
Technology
Entertainment
Privacy Policy | Anti-Spamming Policy | Disclaimer | Copyright Notice
© 2014 The Daily Star - All Rights Reserved - Designed and Developed By IDS