CAR Christian fighters criticised

2014-02-11 18:35
Members of the Central African Armed Forces lynch a man suspected of being a former Seleka rebel in Bangui. (Issouf Sanogo, AFP)

Members of the Central African Armed Forces lynch a man suspected of being a former Seleka rebel in Bangui. (Issouf Sanogo, AFP)

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Bangui - The head of the French military mission in Central African Republic says Christians who armed themselves to retaliate against brutal Muslim rebels have become "enemies of peace."

The anti-Balaka movement arose to defend civilians against a brutal rebel government accused of atrocities including rape, murder and the recruitment of child soldiers.

Those same Christian fighters are now killing Muslim civilians in the streets, forcing tens of thousands of Muslims to flee the country.

French General Francisco Soriano said on Monday the anti-Balaka are now "enemies of the peace", according to an audio recording of the press conference obtained by The Associated Press.

Muslims have criticised French and African peacekeepers for failing to disarm the Christian anti-Balaka fighters at the same time they have been actively disarming the Muslim rebels.

- AP
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