Democratic Republic of the Congo soldiers, part of an African peacekeeping force, patrol along a street in Bangui, February 12, 2014. (REUTERS/Luc Gnago)
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African Union peacekeepers Wednesday uncovered a mass grave at a military camp in Bangui occupied by the Muslim Seleka rebels, as a top U.N. official warned Central African Republic was succumbing to "ethnic-religious cleansing".A Reuters witness saw four separate shallow graves containing at least a dozen bodies at the military camp in the 200 Villas neighborhood of central Bangui, where some Seleka fighters are still stationed.On a visit to Bangui, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres called for a massive deployment of international peacekeepers to restore stability in a country gripped by violence since March, when Seleka seized power.The country's Muslim minority, about 15 percent of the population, has come under growing attack from not only Christian militiamen but also from mobs of civilians who have carried out public killings on a nearly daily basis in recent weeks.For months, U.N. and French officials have warned that a genocide could be looming in Central African Republic, and the use of the term "ethnic cleansing" is among the strongest language invoked yet to describe the intercommunal violence now wracking the country.The new president of the Central African Republic vowed war Wednesday against the anti-balaka.
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