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Rebels escorted from base in C. African Republic

A Muslim girl reacts while repeated gun shots are heard near Miskine district during continuing sectarian violence in the capital Bangui January 28, 2014. The girl and her family were attempting to make their way to the airport to flee the country when their car broke down and was attacked. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola (

BANGUI: Thousands of jubilant residents are celebrating in Central African Republic's capital after more of the rebels who have ruled the country were escorted from a military base.

Regional peacekeepers and French forces in Bangui escorted the former Seleka fighters from Camp Kasai Tuesday morning, a day after other rebels left another military camp in the capital.

The departure of the fighters was greeted with screams of joy from the crowd of hundreds that gathered to watch them leave for a camp in northern Bangui. "We are free! This is our new year!" they shouted.

The rebels became deeply unpopular after they killed and tortured civilians after seizing power in March 2013. Their leader Michel Djotodia stepped down as president earlier this month and went into exile in Benin.

 

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