CAR town retaken by peacekeepers

2014-02-02 08:00
(Jerome Delay, AP)

(Jerome Delay, AP)

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Bangui - African peacekeepers trying to stabilise Central African Republic say they are in control of a town where hundreds of heavily armed rebels have massed not far from the capital.

Spokesperson Martin Tumenta Chomou said on Saturday that the regional peacekeeping force has secured the town of Sibut, located 180km from the volatile capital.

The arrival of the rebels in Sibut mid-week had raised alarm about their intentions amid fears they could use the town as a base to stage another coup in Bangui, the capital.

Most of the rebels are Muslims from the distant north, who overthrew the government last March and later were accused of scores of atrocities against the Christian majority in the capital.

Revenge killings continue as a new interim government is being installed.

- AP
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