CAR rebels leave hillside camp

2014-01-27 22:22
Chadian troops, part of an African Union peacekeeping force, drive down a road in Bangui, Central African Republic. (Rebecca Blackwell, AP)

Chadian troops, part of an African Union peacekeeping force, drive down a road in Bangui, Central African Republic. (Rebecca Blackwell, AP)

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Bangui - Witnesses say dozens of mainly Muslim rebels that overthrew the Central African Republic president last year are clearing out of a hilltop military base.

Monday's move comes a day after top brass from the fighters known as Seleka were escorted out of Bangui, the capital, by regional peacekeepers.

AP reporters watched the fighters departing from Camp de Roux. They are believed to be headed to another base further north.

It marked the most significant exodus since Seleka rebel leader Michel Djotodia surrendered power earlier this month amid international criticism of his failure to stop his fighters from killing and looting.

A wave of bloodshed erupted last month when Christian militiamen attempted to oust Djotodia.

Escalating violence between Muslims and Christians has left an untold number of dead in recent weeks.

- AP
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