A large convoy of of lorries and taxis packed with Muslims fleeing Christian vigilantes heads north from Bangui on February 7, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ ISSOUF SANOGO
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Thousands of Muslims fled for their lives from the capital of Central African Republic on Friday, climbing aboard trucks guarded by heavily armed Chadian forces. One man who fell off a truck was subsequently killed and his body mutilated, highlighting the savagery faced by those Muslims who stayed behind.The exodus witnessed by Associated Press journalists comes after two months of sectarian violence in the capital that has targeted Muslims accused of collaborating with the now-sidelined rebel government.An untold number have died in the weeks that followed, with most of the attacks in Bangui targeting Muslims.The Muslim rebel leader who took power last March has stepped aside, and the country is currently being led by former Bangui mayor Catherine Samba-Panza as interim president.
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