Seleka church attacks leaves 17 dead

2014-07-08 20:33
Ugandan troops patrol the town of Zemio in Central African Republic. (Rodnet Muhumuza, AP)

Ugandan troops patrol the town of Zemio in Central African Republic. (Rodnet Muhumuza, AP)

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Bangui - Officials say at least 17 people are dead after Muslim rebels attacked a Catholic church compound that was housing thousands of displaced civilians.

The Rev Thibault Ndemaguia said he had counted at least 17 bodies and 10 other people were wounded in the attack. The rebels converged on the St Joseph Cathedral of Bambari late on Monday.

The attack came a day before French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian was to travel to the area.

Residents say the rebels had launched the attack in retaliation for the killing of a young Muslim man, and they accused church officials of supporting local Christian militia fighters.

The town of Bambari has seen the heaviest fighting in recent weeks in Central African Republic, which exploded into sectarian violence last December.

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